Armin Weiss

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Armin Weiss
Born (1927-11-05)5 November 1927
Stefling part of Nittenau Germany
Died 7 December 2010(2010-12-07) (aged 83)
Nationality German
Fields inorganic chemistry
Institutions University of Heidelberg 1961–1965
University of Munich 1965–1996
Alma mater University of Regensburg
University of Würzburg
Darmstadt University of Technology
Doctoral advisor Ulrich Hofmann
Doctoral students Gerhard Lagaly
Notable awards Liebig Medal 1981
Nuclear-Free Future Lifetime Achievement Award 2007

Armin Weiss (or Weiß in German script) (5 November 1927 – 7 December 2010)[1] was a German inorganic chemist and politician of the Green Party.


Weiss was born and raised in Stefling (near Nittenau), not far from Wackersdorf, where during the 1980s, the West German nuclear industry began building the nuclear reprocessing plant Wackersdorf a nuclear reprocessing plant. Upset by this move, Weiss took leave from his position as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, and began making public appearances in opposition to the plant. Eventually the construction of Wackersdorf was stopped. Later, as a member of the Bavarian state government, he continued to oppose nuclear plants. In 2007, Professor Weiss received the Nuclear-Free Future Lifetime Achievement Award.[2][3]


The intercalation in clay minerals was major research interest during the start of his academic career. Urea has been used as compound for the production of high quality china for a long time but the mechanism of action was first described by Weiss in 1961.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ gruene-faktion (German)
  2. ^ 2007 Nuclear-Free Future Lifetime Achievement Award Archived October 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Klaus Beneke, Gerhard Lagaly. "Armin Weiss on the occasion of his 75th birthday" (PDF). University of Kiel. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Armin (1961). "Eine Schichteinschlußverbindung von Kaolinit mit Harnstoff". Angewandte Chemie. 73: 736. doi:10.1002/ange.19610732205. 
  5. ^ Weiss, Armin (1963). "Ein Geheimnis des chinesischen Porzellans". Angewandte Chemie. 75: 755. doi:10.1002/ange.19630751604.