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Universität Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Reiner Kirchheim

Prof. Dr. Reiner Kirchheim
Institut für Materialphysik
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
D-37077 Göttingen

Tel.: +49 551 39-5001
Fax: +49 551 39-5000
email: rkirch (at)

Raum: D.04.116

Education and Professional Experiences:
1966-1970: Studying Physics at the University of Stuttgart
1970-1971: Diploma work at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung/University of Stuttgart (Title: Electrochemical studies of oxygen solid solutions in high melting metals)
1971-1973: PhD degree at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung/University of Stuttgart (Title: Thermo- and electrotransport of oxygen and nitrogen in Va metals)
1979: post-doc at Rice University, Houston, Texas
1983: visiting professor at the University of Illinois
1988: Habilitation in the subject of metallurgy in the faculty of chemistry at the University of Stuttgart (Title: Measurements and modelling of hydrogen solubility and diffusivity in disordered metal lattices)
1993: visiting professor at the Ohio State University
1998: visiting professor at the Neutron Research Center, NIST, Gaithersburg

Research Areas and Interests:
Hydrogen in metals, Thermodynamics of alloys, Interstital solution and diffusion in glasses (metals, oxides, polymers and semiconductors), Solute-atom segregation at and diffusion in internal interfaces, Mechanical properties and glass transition of polymers, Passivity of metals, Electromigration in metals

German Physical Society (Chairman of the Metal Physics Committee, 1994-1998),
German Society for Materials Research (Member of the Education Committee)

Editorial Boards:
Acta Materialia (editor), Materials Transactions, Interfaces, Zeitschrift für Metallkunde, Materials Science Foundations

Honors and Awards:
Scripta metallurgica outstanding paper award, 1987
Chairman of the Gordon Conference on Metal Hydrogen Systems VI, Tilton, NH, July 1991
Carl Wagner Prize, 1990
Elected Member of the Academy of Science Göttingen (1998)
Elected Member of the Academy of Science and Technology (acatech), Germany (2002)
Highly Cited Author in Materials Science, (1980-2000)
Honda Memorial Award, Tohoku-University, Sendai, 2003
Heyn-Denkmünze (higest award of the German Materials Society, DGM), 2004
International Award of Materials Engineering for Recourses, Akita, Japan, 2005
Lee Hsun Lecture Award, IMR Shenyang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2007
Senior-Professorship of Lower Saxonia, 2008
Reinhart-Koselleck-Project of the DFG, 2008
Staudinger-Durrer-Lecture, ETH-Zurich, 2009
Hydrogen & Energy Award, H&E-Symposium 2010
Member of the Max-Planck-Society and External Member of the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research GmbH, Düsseldorf 2010
Honary Member of the German Materials Society, DGM, 2011
Member of the Advisory Board and Principle Investigator of the World Premier Institute I2CNER in Fukuoka, Japan, 2011
Honoree at the International Conference on Hydrogen Materials Interactions, Jackson Lake Lodge, Wyoming, USA, 2012
Leibniz-Medaille of the IFW Dresden, 2013
Talbot Distinguished Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2016