Prof. Oliver G. Schmidt

Prof. Oliver G. Schmidt

Institute Director


IFW Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 20
01069 Dresden


Tel.: +49 (0) 351 4659 810

Curriculum vitae

Name: Oliver G. SCHMIDT
Date of Birth: 4th July, 1971
Place of Birth: Kiel, Germany
1990 “Abitur” at the German School London, England
1990 – 1992 Studies of Physics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany
1992 – 1993 Studies of Physics at the King’s College London, England
1993 Bachelor of Science in Physics
1993 – 1996 Studies of Physics at the Berlin University of Technology, Germany
1996 Diploma in Physics
1999 Graduation to Dr. rer. nat. at the Berlin University of Technology, Germany
2003 Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at the University of Hamburg, Germany
Professional career:  
1996 – 1999 Research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
1999 – 2001 Research associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
2001 – 2002 Research associate at the University of Southern California
2002 – 2007 Head of research group at the Max-Planck-institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
2004 – 2007 Private lecturer at the University of Stuttgart
2007 – Full Professorship, Material Systems for Nanoelectronics, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
2007 – Director, Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, IFW Dresden, Germany
2010 – Executive Board Member of Institute of Physics, TU Chemnitz
2012 – Speaker of Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN)
2012 – Principal Investigator within Cluster of Excellence “Center for Advanced Electronics Dresden (CfAED)”, TU Dresden
2012 – Principal Investigator within Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures (MERGE)”, TU Chemnitz
Awards and Honours:  
1993 Perkin-Elmar-Prize, King’s College London
1999 Summa cum laude for PhD thesis, Berlin University of Technology
2000 Otto-Hahn Medal, Max-Planck-Society
2002 Philip-Morris Research Award, Philip-Morris GmbH
2003 Laureate of the Young Scientist competition “Nanotechnology”, German Federal Ministry for education and research
2004 Heinrich-Düker-Prize, Foundation for promotion of education and handicapped people
2004 Laureate of the competition “Images of Science”, Max-Planck-Society
2005 Carus-Medal, German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
2006 Carus-Prize, City Schweinfurt
2010 Selected as Nanotechnology Thought Leader, AzoNano
2010 Ace of Saxony, Free State of Saxony
2010 Guinness World Record® for the Smallest Man-Made Jet Engine
2011 Honorary Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2012 New Research Building “Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes" (MAIN), Federal state and Free State of Saxony
2013 International Dresden Barkhausen Award
2018 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, German Research Foundation
Special tasks:  
2006 – Regional editor (Europe) for „Nanoscale Research Letters“
2007 – 2009
Editorial board member of „Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics“
2012 – Editorial board member of „Particle“
2014 – 2016 Founding editorial board member of Physical Review Applied

Referee activities:

Review services for foundations:

  • German Research Society
  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • European Union
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • United States Department of Energy
  • United States National Science Foundation
  • US-Israel Binational Science Foundation
  • Swiss National Fonds
  • and many more…

Review services for journals and magazines:

  • Nature
  • Nature Materials
  • Nature Nanotechnology
  • Nature Photonics
  • Nature Physics
  • Nature Chemistry
  • Nature Communications
  • Nano Letters
  • Angewandte Chemie
  • Advanced Materials
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Applied Physics Letters
  • and many more…