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Sotiris Pratsinis receives Diels-Planck-Lecture 2016 for medical technology applications

Award Winner Sotiris Pratsinis Professor Sotiris Pratsinis of ETH Zurich was honored on October 6, 2016 with the Diels Planck Lecture of Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface (KiNSIS). Every year, the members of the priority research area of Kiel University award the Diels Planck Medal to internationally outstanding scientists in the nano and surface sciences. The award was presented together with the KiNSIS PhD prizes at the "Nano Surface and Interface Science" event. The meeting of research and industrial application was jointly organized by Kieler Wirtschaftsförderung (KiWi), Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WT.SH), Norddeutsche Initiative Nanotechnologie (Nina) and KiNSIS. In the Science Center, research institutes and Kiel-based companies presented their innovations from nano research with a view to medical technology applications. Lectures and discussion rounds provided an opportunity to strengthen the regional nano network.

Pratsinis received the Diels-Planck-Lecture award for the successful transfer of the latest findings from basic nano research into numerous medical applications. "Sotiris Pratsinis is a highly visible scientist, he has published over 300 articles and received over a dozen patents," emphasized Professor Rainer Adelung, one of the KiNSIS speakers in his laudation. "His research combines chemistry, physics and materials science and thus fits perfectly with our interdisciplinary nano research focus and the Diels-Planck-Lecture".

For decades, Pratsinis has devoted himself to the question of how nanoparticles can be custom-made to give them specific properties. With the help of his models, the size of the nanoparticles can be monitored during the ongoing manufacturing process, so that time-consuming investigations are no longer necessary afterwards. Industrial production plants can thus be designed precisely. This makes it possible to use nanoparticles for the diagnosis of diabetes and cancer, for better catalysts and implants, and for more effective nutrient preparations. The chemical engineer presented his research, which has already received several awards, in a lecture entitled "Flame-made nanostructured sensors for breath analysis" yesterday.

About the 2016 award winner Sotiris E. Pratsinis:
Sotiris E. Pratsinis has been Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at ETH Zurich since 1998. Born in 1955 in Chanea, Crete, Greece, he graduated in chemical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1977. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985. In the same year, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he received an associate professorship in 1989 and a full professorship in 1994. In 1998, he headed the Faculty of Chemical Engineering there before moving to ETH Zurich. His current research focuses on nanoparticle technology, especially flame synthesis of metals and ceramics, catalysis, dental materials and simulation of aerosol reactors.
Professor Pratsinis has received numerous awards, including the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the American Association of Aerosol Research (1988), the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation (1989), the Marian Smoluchowski Award from the European Society of Aerosol Research (1995), and the Thomas Baron Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2003). In 2005 he was appointed Russell Severance Springer Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2010 he is also a visiting professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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