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Posted: Nov 27, 2012
Muenster's Centre for Nanotechnology inspires Institute in China
(Nanowerk News) Following the example of the Institute of Nanotechnology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as well as Münster's Centre for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), China's Nanjing University of Science and Technology is establishing a nanoscience institute of its own. It will be named after renowned physicist Herbert Gleiter, who will also be the institute's first director. As co-founder and former director of KIT, where he will continue his research, Mr. Gleiter is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the field of nano sciences. A total of five research groups are being created at the Institute. German nano experts from KIT and CeNTech are helping four of these groups get started.
CeNTech assists University in Nanjing in founding New Nano Institute – the “Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience” (HGI).
Amongst the members of the HGI Executive Board are the Academic Director of CeNTech, Prof. Harald Fuchs from the Physics Department of Münster University and Prof. Yong Lei, who was a young researcher at CeNTech before taking up a professorship in 2011 at the Ilmenau University of Technology. Each of the professors will lead a research team to which two to four associated professorships will be assigned. The focal points of the research will be surface and interface Nano-Patterning, Nano Glass as well as chemical Nanoelectronics, Nanocatalysis, Nanoanalytics, new methods of Nanolithography, and so-called "self-organized functional molecular systems" - fields which are currently being explored at CeNTech and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
"The cooperation is designed to be long term and complementary. This makes it possible to make joint decisions not only about the content of the research but also about the acquisition of large equipment. In addition, there will be an active exchange of personnel for the benefit of the three participating centres", emphasized Harald Fuchs. Already a new analytical centre with large equipment valued at € 7 million has been made available to the scientists in Nanjing, and new equipment is to follow soon. The scientists who will be working at HGI will first of all spend several months in either Karlsruhe or Münster, to learn research and teaching methods which will allow them to conduct work groups in Nanjing on their own.
The HGI, which celebrated its opening ceremony at the end of October, has received a recommendation from an international expert commission at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology suggesting nano science as the area of research for the new institute. In analogy to the appointment procedures of the Max Planck Society, the commission had suggested establishing the new institute around an internationally recognized authority in the field of nanotechnology. Based on this recommendation, Nanjing University appointed Professor Herbert Gleiter, who holds an honorary doctorate from Münster University's Physics Department, to be the founding director of the HGI.