Claudia Felser appointed to the Hall of Fame of German Research
Max Planck Director and Vice President of the Max Planck Society honored
Prof. Claudia Felser, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, has been named to the prestigious "Hall of Fame of German Research” of the German “manager magazin”. She receives this honor for her pioneering contributions to the advancement of research in quantum chemical topology.
At a time when scientific innovation is paving the way for the future, this recognition is more than deserved for Prof. Felser. Her current research topic, Topological Quantum Chemistry, has attracted widespread attention and led to her induction into the Hall of Fame of German Science. In an emotional statement, Prof. Felser emphasized, "I feel very honored to now also be among the Hall of Fame members, all of whom are highly decorated scientists and scholars and thus outstanding research personalities."
The work of Prof. Claudia Felser and her collaborators has had a significant impact on one of the hottest topics in contemporary condensed matter physics, namely topology. Of particular interest are materials whose properties, such as magnetism, electrical conductivity or catalytic activity, are controlled by their topology. Topological materials derive their name from a concept in mathematics that deals with the universal properties of shapes.
Prof. Felser and her internationally leading collaborators are responsible for developing general design rules for topological materials. These rules not only enable the prediction of thousands of new topological compounds, but also the experimental realization of many of these compounds. This breakthrough opens new horizons for the application of topological materials in various engineering devices and applications.
Translating these rules into real-world materials with specific useful properties requires interdisciplinary collaboration and, most importantly, the chemical intuition attributed to Prof. Felser. Her research has shown that topology is an overarching concept that can be used to classify compounds, much like the periodic table classifies individual elements. Many of the classified materials respond extremely strongly to external stimuli such as magnetic fields, strain, pressure or light, making them extremely promising for applications in technical devices.
Prof. Felser also pointed out to the wide range of applications for these materials, including quantum computing, catalysis, thermoelectrics, superconductivity and sensing. These materials have the potential to significantly shape our technological future and enrich our society in many ways.
Prof. Claudia Felser's induction into the Hall of Fame of German Research is not only an honor for her personally, but also a recognition of the significant role she plays in the scientific community. Her research and commitment are a shining example of the excellence of German research at an international level.
The award was granted on 12 October in Hamburg at a festive event with representatives from science, business, and politics. The laudatory speech for Claudia Felser was held by Prof. Dr. B. Albert, Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The laureate Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser (© Tamina-Florentine Zuch für manager magazin)
The laudator Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert (© Tamina-Florentine Zuch für manager magazin)
Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser together with the second laureate Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEA German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) (© Tamina-Florentine Zuch für manager magazin)
f.l.t.r.: Simone Salden, Deputy Editor-in-Chief manager magazin, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster, Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser, Dr. Michael Kröher, editor manager magazin (© Tamina-Florentine Zuch für manager magazin)
Claudia Felser: Hall of Fame appointment
Hall of Fame of German Research
manager magazin established the Hall of Fame of German Research in 2009. With its induction into the Hall of Fame of German Research, manager magazin honors scientists whose "life's work has made an outstanding contribution to the further development of research and who have thus also made Germany more viable as a business location in international competition." Active scientists as well as historical laureates are appointed to the Hall of Fame every year.