Professor Ralf B. Wehrspohn
Professor Ralf B. Wehrspohn was appointed jointly by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to work in Halle. As the youngest institute director in the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, he has headed the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS since 2006. He holds the chair of Microstructure-Based Material Design at the Martin Luther University in Halle.
Ralf B. Wehrspohn studied physics at the University of Oldenburg and at the age of 26 received his doctorate from the École Polytechnique in France. At 32 he became a professor of the University of Paderborn. During the period between he worked in industry at Philips Research in London and habilitated (received his post doctoral qualification) at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle.
Ralf B. Wehrspohn’s main areas of work are nanostructure materials and components, such as those used in microelectronics, sensors, photonics and in photovoltaics.
He has received several awards for his work: Ralf B. Wehrspohn is a Heinz Maier-Leibniz Prize winner of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DfG), a winner of the DOW Chemical science award and Innovation prize winner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (TR100).
In 2004, the Financial Times Deutschland considered him to be one of the 101 most innovative minds in Germany.