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Claudia Felser is new APS Fellow

Chemist appointed for her research on new materials

9. 1. 2013 | Prof. Claudia Felser has been appointed a Fellow of the American Physical Society APS. With this appointment, the APS honours her accomplishments in the field of Heusler compounds. These are new materials essential for developing technologies like spintronics, also known as magnetoelectronics.
Prof. Claudia Felser
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Prof. Claudia Felser
Claudia Felser has been a professor at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, since 2003. In December 2011, she was also appointed director of the Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, where a new building to house the sputtering system for her research group is currently being built. She is also co-director of the graduate school "Materials Science in Mainz" (MAINZ) and has also been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of EUR 2.4 million, a sponsorship from the European Research Council to individual excellent researchers.

The APS with its more than 50,000 members worldwide is the second largest scientific society for physics, after the German Physics Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG). The APS was founded in 1899 with the aim of promoting the physical sciences and making them more widely studied. The society awards fellowships to at most 0.5 percent of its total members in any one year, meaning that it has 250 fellows at present. It is considered a great honour to be selected for a fellowship, as those eligible are assessed by a peer review process. Scientists who make major contributions to fundamental research or develop important scientific or technological applications are eligible for a fellowship. Professor Claudia Felser has been awarded her fellowship for "creating and understanding new Heusler materials with spintronic and energy functionalities", as her certificate of appointment states.   (© Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz / AcademiaNet)

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