Wolfgang Krätschmer

Professional Career:

1971 PhD in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany

since 1971 research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg

1977-1978 Visiting researcher at the lab of Donald R. Huffman at the University of Arizona. Tucson, and the lab of Roger F. Knacke at the State University of New York, Stony Brook

since 1993 Honorary Professor, lecturer at the University of Heidelberg

Research Activities:

1971-1977 Work on cosmic-ray heavy-ion tracks in lunar and meteoritic samples, cosmic ray ion composition, radioactive halos of extinct elements in terrestrial samples

seit 1977 Work on infrared and UV spectra of astrophysically important refractory dust materials and ices, graphitic particles, small and large molecular carbon clusters

1983-1998 Co-investigator in the development of a photo-spectrometer for the ESA project of an orbiting IR observatory (ISO)

seit 1989 studies on fullerenes (C60 etc.), fullerene derivatives and carbon molecules


1992 Stern-Gerlach-Preis

1993 Leibniz-Preis of DFG and Materials Research Society Medal Award

1994 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize and SGL CARBON Förderpreis

1997 Bonner Chemiepreis

2002 Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Medaille

2008 Liebig-Denkmünze of GDCh and honorary doctorate of the University of Basel

2010 European Inventor Award in the category "lifetime achievement"


Max-Planck Institute
for Nuclear Physics

Carbon Molecules and Fullerenes
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krätschmer

Tel.: +496221516481
Fax: +496221516549