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Nano Innovation Award

The Nano Innovation Award is awarded annually by the Center for NanoScience together with the CeNS spin-offs attocube systems, ibidi, Nanion Technologies, and NanoTemper Technologies, to honor junior researchers at Bavarian research institutions for excellent research in the nanosciences. Research projects with a potential for industrial applications are especially invited.

The prize is awarded in two categories:
1. For an outstanding Master student in the field of nanosciences/nano(bio)technology
2. For an outstanding PhD student in the field of nanosciences/nano(bio)technology

The prize money is donated by the CeNS spin-offs attocube systems, ibidi, Nanion Technologies and NanoTemper Technologies.

Prize money:
€3,000 in the category "Master students" and
€6,000 in the category "PhD students".

In addition, the awardees will be invited to present their results at the CeNS workshop in Venice.

Who can participate? 

Junior scientists from Bavarian universities and research institutions are eligible. Their thesis on a nanoscientific topic must not have been finished before June 15, 2018. Students who have not finished their thesis yet are also welcome to apply.

Submission guideline

The following documents (in English or German) have to be submitted by the applicant: 

  • Nomination letter by the supervisor (maximum two pages)
  • Maximum three pages: Summary of the research project and description of the innovative character of the work;
    if applicable: explanation of a potential application of the research work (or parts of it) for industry
  • Curriculum Vitae (including Master's/PhD certificate, if applicable)
  • List of publications and patents (if applicable)
  • Dowload link for PDF Master's/PhD thesis (if applicable)

Applications should be sent by e-mail to hennig@cens.de. Deadline is May 31, 2019.

Selection Process

The selection committee 2019 comprises of five members:
- Dr. Philipp Baaske / Dr. Stefan Duhr (NanoTemper Technologies)
- Prof. Jonathan Finley (TUM)
- Prof. Alexander Högele (LMU)
- Prof. Philip Tinnefeld (LMU)
- Dr. Axel Thierauf (MIG Verwaltungs AG)

The selection of the awardees is a two-stage process. Shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited one week before the award ceremony.

Main selection criteria:

  • Innovation quality         
  • Validation of the central idea (existing “proof of principle”)      
  • Application focus of the work and plausibility in terms of current state of technology
  • Central idea is published, patent filed etc.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place at the event “CeNS meets Industry” on July 19, 2019 at 5.00 pm in the Opens external link in new windowKleiner Physikhörsaal N020, LMU Munich.

Shortlisted candidates - Master's category:

  • Julian Aschauer (AG Paulitschke, LMU): High-Throughput Interferometric Assay for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing in Ultra-Low Volume
  • Michelle Küppers (AG Sandoghdar, MPI Physics of Light Erlangen): Combination of interferometric scattering microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy reveals new prospects for life science
  • Jakob Reichstein (AG Mandel, Uni Würzburg and Fraunhofer Institut für Silikatforschung): Lumineszierende Suprapartikel mit mechanischen Sensoreigenschaften
  • Sabrina Thomä (AG Zobel, Uni Bayreuth): Solvation Shells around colloidally stable iron oxide nanoparticles


Shortlisted candidates - PhD category:

  • Thomas Hümmer (AG Hänsch, LMU/MPI of Quantum Optics): Cavity-enhanced hyperspectral Raman and Absorption Microscopy
  • Maryam Khoshouei (AG Baumeister, MPI of Biochemistry): Development and application of pase contrast electron microscopy
  • Marco Sarcletti (AG Halik, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg): Entwicklung eines superparamagnetischen Nanopartikelsystems zur vollständigen Abscheidung von Kohlenwasserstoffen aus Wasser


Winners of ther Nano Innovation Award 2019

Awardees 2019

Nano Innovation Award for master's thesis
Sabrina Thomä, group of Jun.-Prof. Mirijam Zobel (Universität Bayreuth)

Nano Innovation Award for PhD thesis
Thomas Hümmer, group of Prof. Theodor Hänsch (LMU Munich/MPI of Quantum Optics)

Awardees 2018

Nano Innovation Award for master's thesis
Konstantin Ditzel, group of Dr. Philipp Paulitschke/Chair Prof. Joachim Rädler (LMU)

Nano Innovation Award for PhD thesis
Dr. Klaus Wagenbauer, group of Prof. Hendrik Dietz (TU Munich)

Awardees 2017

Nano Innovation Award for master's thesis
Florian Schüder, group of Prof. Ralf Jungmann (MPI of Biochemistry/LMU)

Nano Innovation Award for PhD thesis
Stefan Datz, group of Prof. Thomas Bein (LMU)
Peter Röttgermann, group of Prof. Jochaim Rädler (LMU)
Patrick Vogel, group of Prof. Peter Jacob (University of Würzburg)

Awardees 2015

CeNS Innovation Award for master's thesis
Aurora Manzi, group of Prof. Jochen Feldmann (LMU)

CeNS Innovation Award for PhD thesis
Christof Mast, group of Prof. Dieter Braun (LMU)