Ralf Riedel

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Ralf Riedel


Professor Ralf Riedel has been a Full Professor at the Institute of Materials Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1993. His current research focuses on two main areas – the molecular synthesis of advanced ceramics for structural, functional and energy-related applications and the ultrahigh pressure synthesis of novel  inorganic nitride based materials.

Prof. Riedel got a PhD. degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1986 at the University of Stuttgart. After postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research and the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart he completed his habilitation in 1992.

Professor Riedel is an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society and the School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo in Japan. To state some of his accomplishments, he was awarded with the Gold Medal for Merits in Natural Sciences, a honorary doctorate of the Slovak Academy of Science, as well as with the Gustav Tammann Prize of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM) and an honorary professorship at the Tianjin University in China.

Recently, Prof. Riedel has also received the Innovation Talents Award of Shaanxi Province, China at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi´an. He is a Guest Professor at the University of Tokyo and was awarded with the International Ceramics Prize 2020 for Basic Science by the World Academy of Ceramics. Furthermore, he is Editor in Chief of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society and of Ceramics International.