Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl

Director of the Dept. of Physical Chemistry 1986 – 2004

Phone: +49–30–8413-5100
Fax: +49–30–8413-5106

Nobel Prize
Stockholm,10 December 2007
Curriculum Vitae
2004 – nowProfessor emeritusDepartment of Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin
1986-2004DirectorDepartment of Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin
1981-1982Visiting ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
1979Visiting ProfessorDept. of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Professor & DirectorInstitute for Physical Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
1968-1973Professor & DirectorInstitute for Physical Chemistry, Technical University, Hannover (presently Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University)

Assistant & LecturerAssistant & Lecturer
Technical University, Munich: Dr. rer. nat in 1965
1959-1961Technical University, Stuttgart: Dipl. Phys. in 1961
Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
1957-1958University of Paris
Technical University, Stuttgart
1936bornOctober 10, in Stuttgart, Germany
Gerhard Ertl Lecture & Award

The Ertl Lecture Award was established in 2008 by the three Berlin universities (Humboldt University, Technical University and Free University) and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and is awarded once a year. It commemorates former FHI Director Gerhard Ertl’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he received in 2007. The prize honours outstanding personalities and researchers in the field of catalysis where Ertl carried out exceptional research for many decades. The prize, sponsored by BASF, includes a one-week research stay at the participating Berlin institutions and a keynote lecture. The winner is typically announced in Spring, the lecture takes place on December 10th, the anniversary of Ertl’s Nobel Prize reception.

For more information and an up-to-date list of awardees please visit the institute’s Gerhard Ertl Lecture & Award website:

Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award

The purpose of the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft is to annually recognize an individual for his or her outstanding research in surface science. The journal Surface Science through Elsevier Scientific Publishing is the official sponsor of the award.

2019Sören UlstrupAarhus University
2018Mie AndersenTechnische Universität München
2017Stefan FörsterJülich Center for Neutron Science
2016Takashi KumagaiFHI Berlin, PC Department
2015Jay WeymouthUniverstät Regensburg
2014Christoph RameshanTechnische Universität Wien
2013Phil KingCornell Univ. – since 2013 St. Andres Univ.
2012Alexander Ako KhajetooriansHamburg Univ. – since 2014 Radboud Univ. Nijmegen
2011Alexandre TkatchenkoFHI Berlin – since 2015 Univ. of Luxembourg
2010Leo GrossIBM RESEARCH – Zurich
Honors and Awards
2015Hall of Fame der deutschen ForschungManager Magazin
2014Bayerischer MaximiliansordenPrime Minister of Bavaria
2012Gerhard Ertl CenterTechnische Universität Berlin
2011TUM Distinguished Affiliated ProfessorTechnische Universität München
2011Dr. honoris causaUniversity of Technology and Life Sciences, Bydgoszcz
2010Barsanti & Matteucci AwardCity of Pietrosanta
2010Laurea honoris causaUniversità di Pisa
2009Bohlmann LectureTechnische Universität Berlin
2009Dr. honoris causaMaria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin
2009Dr. honoris causaComenius University, Bratislava
2009Dr. honoris causaHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2008Ertl Center for Electrochemistry and CatalysisGwangju Institute of Science and Technology, S. Korea
2008IGS Gerhard ErtlIntegrierte Gesamtschule mit gymnasialer Oberstufe, Sprendlingen, Rheinhessen
2008Diesel Gold MedalDeutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen
2008Nicolaus Copernicus MedalPolish Academy of Sciences
2008Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz mit SternPresident of the Federal Republic of Germany
2008Dr. honoris causaTechnische Universität München
2008Dr. honoris causaQueen’s University Belfast
2008VerdienstmedailleLand Baden-Württemberg 
2007 Nobel Prize in ChemistryThe Nobel Prize Foundation
2007Otto-Hahn-PreisGesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, & the City of Frankfurt/M
2007Gold MedalSlovak Chemical Society
2007Baker LectureshipCornell University, Ithaca (NY)
2007Faraday LectureshipRoyal Society of Chemistry
2006Guptill LectureDalhousie University, Halifax
2005Angström LectureUniversity of Uppsala
2005Linus Pauling LectureCalifornia Institute of Technology
2003Dr. honoris causaUniversity of Aarhus
2003Dr. honoris causaChalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg
2003Dr. honoris causaUniversity of Leuven
2002FMC LectureshipPrinceton University
2002Karl Ziegler Visiting ProfessorMax Planck Institute Mulheim
2002Spiers Memorial Medal and LectureshipRoyal Society of Chemistry
2001G.F. Smith LectureUniversity of Illinois, Urbana
2001Kelly LecturePurdue University
2001Schuit LectureTechnical University of Eindhoven
2001Pitzer LectureUniversity of California, Berkeley
2000Dr. honoris causaUniversity of Münster
1999Roessler LectureshipCornell University
1999Le Bel LectureUniversité de Strasbourg
1999Debye LectureUniversiteit Utrecht
1998Wolf Prize in ChemistryWolf Foundation
1998Karl Ziegler PrizeGerman Chemical Society
1998Francois Gault LectureshipEuropean Catalysis Society
1998M. Curie LectureshipPolish Chemical Society
1997Laird LectureUniversity of British Columbia
1997A.D. Little LectureshipMassachusetts Institute of Technology
1996Honorary Professor Humboldt University Berlin
1996Carl Engler MedalGerman Scientific Society for Coal and Petroleum Research (DGMK)
1996Merck LectureRutgers University
1996Brdicka LectureCzech Academy of Sciences
1995Medard W. Welch AwardAmerican Vacuum Society
1995Stauffer LectureUniversity of Southern California
1994Rolf Sammet Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Frankfurt
1992Hewlett-Packard Europhysics PrizeEuropean Physical Society
1992Japan PrizeScience and Technology Foundation of Japan
1992Bunsen MedalGerman Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry
1992Dr. Honoris CausaRuhr-University of Bochum
1992Großes BundesverdienstkreuzPresident of the Federal Republic of Germany
1992Kolthoff LectureshipUniversity of Minnesota
1992Kaufman Memorial LectureUniversity of Pittsburgh
1991Leibniz PrizeGerman Science Foundation
1991Bourke Medal and LectureshipRoyal Society of Chemistry
1990Alwin Mittasch MedalGerman Federation of Chemical Engineers (DECHEMA)
1990Dow LectureshipUniversity of Western Ontario
1990Coover LectureIowa State University
1989Frontiers in Chemical Research LectureshipTexas A&M University
1988William Draper Harkins LectureUniversity of Chicago
1988Barre LectureUniversity of Montreal
1987Liebig MedalGerman Chemical Society
1986Honorary Professor Free University of Berlin
1986Honorary ProfessorTechnical University of Berlin
1986Langmuir LectureAmerican Chemical Society
1985C.F. Gauss MedalScientific Society of Braunschweig
1985Centenary Medal and LectureshipRoyal Society of Chemistry
1985C.G.A. Schuit LectureUniversity of Delaware
1984FECS LectureFederation of European Chemical Societies
1984Industry LectureNorwegian Chemical Society
1979Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental CatalysisAmerican Catalysis Society
1979E.W. Müller AwardUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1977Frank Ciapetta National LectureshipAmerican Catalysis Society
1976Sherman Fairchild Distinguished ScholarCalifornia Institute of Technology
2012 Honorary MemberGerman Physical Society
2011 Foreign MemberRussian Academy of Sciences
2010Honorary MemberBerlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
2010MemberPontificia Academia Scientiarium
2010Foreign MemberBulgarian Academy of Sciences
2009Foreign MemberPolish Academy of Sciences
2009Honorary Member Technische Universität Berlin
2009Honorary Member Deutscher Hochschulverband
2008Honorary Member Dechema (German Society of Chemical Technology)
2008 Honorary Member GDCh (German Chemical Society)
2008 Honorary Member Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
2008Honorary Member European Academy of Sciences and Art
2008Honorary MemberPhysikalischer Verein, Frankfurt a.M.
2007Honorary FellowRoyal Society of Chemistry
2006Honorary MemberRoyal Society of Chemistry
2002Foreign AssociateNational Academy of Sciences
2001Corresponding MemberAustrian Academy of Sciences
1998Corresponding MemberBavarian Academy of Sciences
1993MemberBerlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
1993Foreign Honorary MemberAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences
1993Corresponding MemberNordrhein.-Westfal. Academy of Sciences
1992MemberAcademia Europaea
1986Corresponding MemberScientific Society of Braunschweig
1986MemberGerman Academy of Sciences, “Leopoldina”
1985Honorary FellowRoyal Society of Edinburgh