University of Bayreuth, Press Release 185/2021 - 16 December 2021
Humboldt Research Award Winner visits Bayreuth: New collaborations in materials chemistry
One of the world's most important materials chemists, Prof. Dr. Olli Ikkala from Aalto University in Espoo/Finland, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is currently visiting the University of Bayreuth at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Josef Breu, Chair of Inorganic Chemistry I. The already initiated collaboration with the University of Bayreuth in the fields of polymer science and smart biomimetic materials is to be further expanded and intensified over the coming months.
“Professor Olli Ikkala has achieved the highest international reputation with his pioneering, interdisciplinary research projects and an impressive number of outstanding publications. It is a great honour for the University of Bayreuth that he will be conducting research in Bayreuth within the framework of the Humboldt Research Award and will be advancing new forward-looking joint research projects here. In doing so, he will be able to build on the results of our very successful Bayreuth Collaborative Research Centre‚ ‘From particle nanosystems to mesotechnology‘. Above all, our young scientists will be able to benefit greatly from our contact and cooperation with Professor Ikkala”, explains Prof. Dr. Josef Breu.
At Aalto University, the Humboldt Research Award winner is currently focusing on biomimetic functional materials that build on the properties and behaviours of natural materials. In doing so, he applies processes of complex self-organization in an extraordinarily creative way, so that new materials with attractive application potentials emerge. Professor Ikkala's research benefits from having worked in industry for ten years before finally turning to basic research and beginning his university career. His pioneering work has since been recognized internationally with many prestigious awards and prizes. Two Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) stand out in particular. “Professor Olli Ikkala is a highly motivated academic teacher who inspires his students and scientific environment in stimulating discussions about his latest findings and future project ideas. We are very much looking forward to working with him”, says his Bayreuth host Prof. Dr. Josef Breu.
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