24 March 1960 |
|Institutions||Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and EPFL|
|Notable awards||Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, van't Hoff Prize|
Klaus Kern (born 24 March 1960) is a German physical chemist.
Kern studied at the University of Bonn chemistry and physics, and received his Ph.D. in 1986. He worked first at the Jülich Research Centre (1986-1991) and at Bell Labs as visiting research fellow in 1988. He became professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1991. Since 1998, he is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Through his research and publications, Kern has pioneered the bottom-up fabrication and characterization of nanostructures all the way down to molecular and atomic length scales. He and his group have developed novel methods to control atomic and molecular interactions at surfaces which have provided the unique ability to engineer atomic and molecular architectures of well-defined size, shape, composition and functionality.
In 2008, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. His h-index exceeds 100 Google Scholar. Kern has educated a large number of leading scientists in nanoscale physics and chemistry. Today, more than fifty of his former students and postdocs hold prominent faculty positions at Universities in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.