11 May 1944 |
|Institutions||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne|
|Known for||Dye-sensitized solar cells|
|Notable awards||Harvey Prize (2007)
Balzan Prize (2009)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2012)
Marcel Benoist Prize (2013)
Michael Grätzel (born 11 May 1944, in Dorfchemnitz, Saxony, Germany) is a professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where he directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic-materials and their optoelectronic applications. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized mesoscopic oxide particles and pioneered the use of nanomaterials in lithium ion batteries.
Author of over 900 publications, two books and inventor or co-inventor of over 50 patents, he has been the Mary Upton Visiting Professor at Cornell University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He was an Invited Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the École normale supérieure de Cachan (Paris) and Delft University of Technology. His work has been cited over 107’000 times (h-index 151) making him one of the 10 most highly cited chemists in the world.  He was a frequent guest scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, was a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2009 he was named Distinguished Honorary Professor by the Chinese Academy of Science (Changchun) and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
He has received numerous awards including the Millennium 2000 European innovation prize, the 2001 Faraday Medal of the British Royal Society, the 2001 Dutch Havinga Award, the 2004 Italgas Prize, two McKinsey Venture awards in 1998 and 2002 and the 2005 Gerischer Prize. In 2007 he was awarded the Harvey Prize of Technion for pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic-materials and their optoelectronic applications. In 2009 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for the Science of New Materials. His most recent awards include the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science, 2011 Gutenberg Research Award, 2011 Paul Karrer Gold Medal and the 2010 Millennium Technology Grand Prize. He holds a doctorate from the Technical University of Berlin and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Uppsala, Turin and Nova Gorica. He was elected honorary member of the Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles. Dr. Grätzel is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the IMDEA Nanoscience Institute.
- 2009: Balzan Prize.
- On 9 June 2010, Grätzel received Millennium Technology Prize, for development of dye-sensitized solar cells. The cash prize, worth 800,000 euros, was awarded, in Helsinki, Finland, by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.
- 2013: Marcel Benoist Prize.
Notes and references
- Pete Pokkinen: Huippututkija harkitsi nuorena pianistin uraa. Helsingin Sanomat, 10.6.2010, p. B7. (in Finnish)
- Millennium Technology Prize: PROFESSOR MICHAEL GRÄTZEL: DEVELOPER OF DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS
- Dye-Sensitized Titanium Dioxide
- "Prof. Michael Graetzel". EPFL. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2012". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- "PROFESSOR GRÄTZEL WINS THE 2010 MILLENNIUM TECHNOLOGY GRAND PRIZE FOR DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS". Millennium Technology Prize. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
Robert S. Langer
|Millennium Technology Prize winner
2010 (for dye-sensitized solar cells)