Gerhard Ertl#


Gerhard Ertl
Email:ertl 'at' fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Membership Number:1182
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Username:gertl
Elected:1992
Homepage: http://www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de/pc/PCarchive2.html





Present and Previous Positions

  • 2004-now Professor emeritus, Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • 1986-2004 Director, Dept. of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • 1981-1982 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1979 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 1976-1977 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • 1973-1986 Professor & Director, Inst. for Physical Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
  • 1968-1973 Professor & Director, Inst. for Physical Chemistry, Technical University, Hannover (presently Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University)
  • 1965-1968 Assistant & Lecturer, Technical University, Munich

Fields of Scholarship

  • Molecular mechanisms of the catalytic synthesis of ammonia over iron (Haber Bosch process)
  • Catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide over platinum (catalytic converter)
  • Chemical processes on solid surfaces
  • Oscillatory reactions on platinum surfaces

Honours and Awards

  • 2009 Bohlmann Lecture, Technische Universität Berlin
  • 2009 Dr. honoris causa, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin
  • 2009 Dr. honoris causa, Comenius University, Bratislava
  • 2009 Dr. honoris causa, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2008 Diesel Gold Medal, Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen
  • 2008 Nicolaus Copernicus Medal, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2008 Dr. honoris causa, Technische Universität München
  • 2008 Dr. honoris causa, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2008 Verdienstmedaille, Land Baden-Württemberg
  • 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, The Nobel Prize Foundation
  • 2007 Otto-Hahn-Preis, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, & the City of Frankfurt/M
  • 2007 Gold Medal, Slovak Chemical Society
  • 2007 Baker Lectureship, Cornell University, Ithaca (NY)
  • 2007 Faraday Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2006 Guptill Lecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax
  • 2005 Angström Lecture, University of Uppsala
  • 2005 Linus Pauling Lecture, California Institute of Technology
  • 2003 Dr. honoris causa, University of Aarhus
  • 2003 Dr. honoris causa, Chalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg
  • 2003 Dr. honoris causa, University of Leuven
  • 2002 FMC Lectureship, Princeton University
  • 2002 Karl Ziegler Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute Mulheim
  • 2002 Spiers Memorial Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2001 G.F. Smith Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 2001 Kelly Lecture, Purdue University
  • 2001 Schuit Lecture, Technical University of Eindhoven
  • 2001 Pitzer Lecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2000 Dr. honoris causa, University of Münster
  • 1999 Roessler Lectureship, Cornell University
  • 1999 Le Bel Lecture, Université de Strasbourg
  • 1999 Debye Lecture, Universiteit Utrecht
  • 1998 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Wolf Foundation
  • 1998 Karl Ziegler Prize, German Chemical Society
  • 1998 Francois Gault Lectureship, European Catalysis Society
  • 1998 M. Curie Lectureship, Polish Chemical Society
  • 1997 Laird Lecture, University of British Columbia
  • 1997 A.D. Little Lectureship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1996 Honorary Professor, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 1996 Carl Engler Medal, German Scientific Society for Coal and Petroleum Research (DGMK)
  • 1996 Merck Lecture, Rutgers University
  • 1996 Brdicka Lecture, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 1995 Medard W. Welch Award, American Vacuum Society
  • 1995 Stauffer Lecture, University of Southern California
  • 1994 Rolf Sammet Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt
  • 1992 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize, European Physical Society
  • 1992 Japan Prize, Science and Technology Foundation of Japan
  • 1992 Bunsen Medal, German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry
  • 1992 Dr. Honoris Causa, Ruhr-University of Bochum
  • 1992 Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1992 Kolthoff Lectureship, University of Minnesota
  • 1992 Kaufman Memorial Lecture, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1991 Leibniz Prize, German Science Foundation
  • 1991 Bourke Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1990 Alwin Mittasch Medal, German Federation of Chemical Engineers (DECHEMA)
  • 1990 Dow Lectureship, University of Western Ontario
  • 1990 Coover Lecture, Iowa State University
  • 1989 Frontiers in Chemical Research Lectureship, Texas A&M University
  • 1988 William Draper Harkins Lecture, University of Chicago
  • 1988 Barre Lecture, University of Montreal
  • 1987 Liebig Medal, German Chemical Society
  • 1986 Honorary Professor, Free University of Berlin
  • 1986 Honorary Professor, Technical University of Berlin
  • 1986 Langmuir Lecture, American Chemical Society
  • 1985 C.F. Gauss Medal, Scientific Society of Braunschweig
  • 1985 Centenary Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1985 C.G.A. Schuit Lecture, University of Delaware
  • 1984 FECS Lecture, Federation of European Chemical Societies
  • 1984 Industry Lecture, Norwegian Chemical Society
  • 1979 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, American Catalysis Society
  • 1979 E.W. Müller Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 1977 Frank Ciapetta National Lectureship, American Catalysis Society
  • 1976 Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology


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