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Claudia Felser Honored in Taiwan

She received the 8th Tsungming Tu Award in Taipei

6. 5. 2015 | Prof. Claudia Felser, a materials scientist from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany was awarded the highest academic honor granted to foreign researchers in Taiwan for her ground-breaking work on Heusler compounds for spintronics.
The Tsungming Tu Award was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan (MOST) and is the highest academic honor granted to foreign researchers. This year, Prof. Rainer Waser from RWTH Aachen received the prestigious prize alongside Prof. Felser. Their respective work fields are complementary: both laureates research new technologies beyond the current "complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor" (CMOS) processes.
Prof. Claudia Felser
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Prof. Claudia Felser | and Dr. Jyuo-Min Shyu, Minister of Science and Technology of Taiwan, at the award ceremony in Taipei in April 2015.

The awards are named after Dr. Tsungming Tu, a legendary figure in Taiwan's medical field, who was the first Taiwanese medical doctor and one of the foremost pioneers in medical research, education, and policy in Taiwan. Modeled after Dr. Tu's lifelong mission of cultivating young talents, the Tsungming Tu Award recognizes and rewards scientists with great achievements in their research fields, hoping that many more scholars will rise to international recognition and continue to contribute their knowledge to the world.

This award is bestowed as part of the "Tsungming Tu-Alexander von Humboldt Research Award program" for the promotion of future research cooperation between the two countries. MOST will award each winner US $ 75,000, an award certificate, and a trophy. In addition, the award winners are invited to carry out research projects or academic advisory work in Taiwan.

Claudia Felser plans to initiate a research program on one of the most exciting recent developments in the field of spintronics, namely the spin Hall effect, by which charge current is converted to pure spin currents, using Heusler compounds as the spintronic material. She is planning this program together with her nominator for the award, Dr. Grace Lin, and with Prof. Ching-Ray Chang, both from the National Taiwan University, and with Prof. Stuart Parkin from the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany.

Prof. Felser says that she is very enthusiastic about collaborating with scientists in Taiwan and broadening the collaboration to include the Industrial Technology Research Institute ITRI. Dr. Lin welcomes the opportunity to contribute to a program that focuses on new materials that are essential to make spintronic memories successful.

Claudia Felser has been a full professor at the University of Mainz, Germany since 2003. In 2011, she also became director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden. Prof. Felser has written more than 250 articles and been granted several patents. Her recent research focuses on the rational design of new materials for spintronics and energy technologies such as solar cells, thermoelectric materials, topological insulators and superconductors.
  (© Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, AcademiaNet)
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