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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, Nanion Technologies, and NanoTemper Technologies, to honor junior researchers at Bavarian research institutions for excellent research in the nanosciences. Outstanding PhD students in the field of nanosciences/nano(bio)technology are invited to apply. Research projects should offer some potential for innovative applications.

Prize money:
1. Prize: € 3,500
2. Prize: € 2,500
3. Prize: € 1,500

Award Ceremony 2020

The award ceremony, including the presenations of the finalists, can be watched here: https://youtu.be/NMqMEFnAlAo

Shortlisted Candidates 2020:

  • Dr. Bernhard Bohn (AG Feldmann, LMU): Exciton Dynamics in Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals: Recombination, Dephasing and Diffusion
  • Annabelle Bohrdt (AG Knap, TUM): Probing strongly correlated many-body systems with quantum simulation
  • Simone Ferstl (AG Pfeiffer, TUM): Nanoscopic Computed X-ray Tomography (NanoCT) for 3D X-ray histology and Correlative Microscopy
  • Enno Krauss (AG Hecht, Universität Würzburg): Nano-Optics with single-crystal gold platelets
  • Linh Nguyen (AG Liedl, LMU): DNA Nanotechnology for Sensitive Diagnostic Applications
  • Dr. Anita Reiser (AG Rädler, LMU): Single-cell time courses of mRNA transport and translation kinetics
  • Dr. Florian Schüder (AG Jungmann, MPI of Biochemistry): Advancing and applying next generation DNA-based super-resolution microscopy
  • Florian Stehr & Johannes Stein (AG Schwille, MPI of Biochemistry): High-Throughput Platform for Advanced Fluorescence-Based Single Molecule Applications

Who can participate? 

Graduate students and recently graduated researchers from Bavarian universities and research institutions are eligible. Their thesis on a nanoscientific topic must not have been finished before June 15, 2019. Students who have not finished their thesis yet are also welcome to apply.

Submission guideline

The following documents (in English) 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 PhD certificate, if applicable)
  • List of publications and patents (if applicable)
  • Download link for PhD thesis (if applicable)

Applications should be sent by e-mail to hennig@cens.de. Deadline is June 15, 2020.

Selection Process

The selection committee 2020 comprises of five members:
- Prof. Khaled Karrai (attocube systems)
- Prof. Hubert Krenner (Augsburg University)
- Prof. Joachim Rädler (LMU)
- Prof. Jens Rieger
- Prof. Angelika Vollmar (LMU)

The selection of the awardees is a two-stage process. Shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited about 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.
Winners of ther Nano Innovation Award 2019

Awardees 2020

1. Prize
Dr. Bernhard Bohn, group of Prof. Jochen Feldmann (LMU Munich)

2. Prize
Linh Nguyen, group of Prof. Tim Liedl (LMU Munich)

3. Prize
Enno Krauss, group of Prof. Bert Hecht (University of Würzburg)

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)