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Scientific Awards


  • Janphuang Pattanaphong is appointed Best student paper award at PowerMEMS 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Fiebig Manfred is nominated APS Fellowship, Boston, USA
  • Thierry Giamarchi is nominated Distinguished Referee of EPL, Suisse
  • Christof Niedermayer, is nominated Visiting Professorship, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Kanter Jakob receives the Best Poster Award, The 19th Intern. Conf. on Magnetism, Busan, Korea
  • Sagarna Leyre gets the DTG Preis, Freburg Breisgau


  • René Flukiger gets the Life Achivement Award from the International Cryogenic Materials Conference, USA
  • Leander Schulz receives the IBM Prize of the Swiss Physical Society
  • Matthias Troyer obtains an ERC Advanced Grant
  • Gianni Blatter appointed Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society
  • Don Isarakon receives the Prix de la Ville de la Chaux-de-Fonds 2011
  • Pierre Bouillot gets the Prix J. Wurth pour la meilleure thèse en Physique
  • Christof Niedermayer is nominated Visiting Professor of Connecticut University
  • Manfred Sigrist is nominated Fellow by the American Physical Society
  • Pavlo Zubko receives the ISIF 2011 Presentation Prize, Cambridge, UK
  • Angelika Veziridis gets the Prize Artikel of the year – Energy 2.0 Kompendium Neue Materialien für Thermoelektrische Generatoren
  • Lassi Karvonen obtains the Poster Award of the International Discussion Meeting on Thermoelectrics and Related Functional Materials, Finland
  • Anke Weidenkaff receives the Kavli Foundation Award, Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Nice, France
  • David Schmidiger obtains the ETH Medal and the Willi Studer Prize for his Master Thesis, Zurich


  • Danick Briand receives the Eurosensors Fellowship Award
  • Øystein Fischer is nominated as a member of honor of the Swiss Physical Society
  • Ying Zhou gets the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
  • Ying Zhou receives the Chemistry Travel Award
  • Ying Zhou gets the T. S. Ke Research Fellowship prize
  • Sigrun Köster receives the Subside tremplin of Geneva's University
  • Thierry Giamarchi appointed Outstanding Referee of The American Physical Society
  • Philipp Werner gets the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics
  • Erik van Heumen awarded with the SPS Prize for Condensed Matter Physics, sponsored by IBM
  • Martin Mourigal receives the Director's award for best student presentation
  • L. Forro is elected to the Croatian Academy of Sciences



  • Prof. René Flükiger appointed guest Professor at the Institute of Electric Engineering de Beijing (Chinese Academy of Sciences)






Giorgio MargaritondoDuring the Swiss Physical Society meeting in Basel in June this year Erik van Heumen was presented with an SPS Award for Condensed Matter Physics, sponsored by IBM for his researches on superconductivity. Erik van Heumen is a Dutch citizen and gained his PhD thesis in the department of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Geneva. He has now returned to the University of Amsterdam.

Giorgio Margaritondo is the recipient of the 2003 SKORE-A (SwGiorgio Margaritondoiss-Korean Outstanding Research Efforts Award) - jointly with Professor Jung Ho Je of the Postech Institute of Science and Technology (POSTECH) - for a longstanding collaboration on «Coherent X-ray Imaging in Medicine and Materials Science». The prize was presented at a ceremony in Bern by State Secretary Charles Kleiber for Switzerland and Professor Ho-Koon Park, Korean minister for Science and Technology. In the framework of this collaboration, a Swiss-Korean-Taiwanese beamline was recently inaugurated at the Pohang synchrotron source. This facility is now open to all MaNEP members.

Yuxing Wang and Frédéric Bouquet from the group of Prof. Junod (Y. Wang and F. BouquetUniversity of Geneva) received the Swiss Physical Society Award 2003 for Condensed Matter Physics, sponsored by IBM, for their work on the new superconductor MgB2. Their thermodynamic studies gave very early a strong support to the now well-accepted “two-band” model. They also addressed the important issue of interband scattering effects on this model, using neutron irradiation to artificially introduce disorder in this material. As a result of the irradiation process, the upper critical field was increased from 18 to 28 T. This enhancement is potentially interesting for future applications.

Luca PerfettiLuca Perfetti was selected by the EPFL as the recipient of the 2002 Prize for the best PhD thesis. The award ceremony will take place during the «Journée de la Science» on November 28, 2003.
This prestigious prize recognized the excellent level of Perfetti’s work on photoemission spectroscopy of highly correlated systems, entitled «Angle-resolved Electron Spectroscopy of Strongly Correlated Electron-Phonon Systems». This research discovered several unexpected properties of low-dimensional solids by using photoemission spectroscopy at high resolution and an innovative theoretical analysis. Photoelectron spectroscopy of strongly correlated systems has been since the beginning an important component of MaNEP.

Joël MesotJoël Mesot has been awarded the Latsis Prize 2002 of the ETH Zurich for his achievements in the field of neutron and photoemission spectroscopy applied to high-temperature superconductors. For this purpose he designed and realised at the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering of the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich a novel spectrometer allowing to measure with great precision the magnetic and lattice excitations in solid-state materials. In particular, together with his collaborators he could show the existence of a subtle interplay between the magnetic and electronic degrees of freedom, which is an important result toward the understanding of high-temperature superconductivity.

Pascal RuffieuxPascal Ruffieux from the group of Prof. Schlapbach (Univ. of Fribourg) received the Charmey Prize 2002 awarding his excellent PhD thesis. For the realization of molecule-based electronic devices and in particular carbon-based materials the understanding and control of intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions are crucial. He investigated the interaction of hydrogen with sp2-bonded carbon with respect to the energy barrier for the chemisorption of hydrogen and the changes in the local electronic structure. Among other important results, he could demonstrate that the energy barrier for chemically binding hydrogen to carbon decreases with increasing curvature of the substrate.

Prof. Oystein Fischer, MaNEP's director received this Norvegian prize (created in 2001 and awarded every second year) for his groundbreaking works in superconductivity. The ceremony took place on Friday April 8, 2005 in Kjeller, near Oslo, in the presence of the minister of Education and Research Kristin Clemet.
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Dr Peter Armitage is a postdoctoral scientist in Prof. van der Marel's group (UniGE) since September 2004 ; he has been awarded the McMillan Prize 2005 for his work on electron doped cuprates using angle resolved photoemission. This prestigious annual international award from the University of Illinois is presented to a young condensed matter physicist, within 5 years of the PhD, for distinguished accomplisments.

Prof. René Flükiger received an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Award On September 19, for 'significant and sustained contributions to applied superconductivity'. The ceremony took place in Genoa, Italy, at the International Conference on Magnet Technology. Prof. Flükiger was presented with an inscribed plaque and a medallion, made of niobium, recognizing his selection for this very prestigious award.
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Sebastian PilgramSebastian Pilgram, as we learn in the last SPS Bulletin, is this year's recipient of the IBM Award of the SPS for a new theoretical approach providing a semi-classical theory which determines the conductance, shot noise and all higher order current-correlations of small electrical conductors. This work was done while at the Department of theoretical physics in Geneva. Dr Pilgram is now part of the Mobile Postdoc Program of MaNEP. As such, he works on a joint project with Prof. Manfred Sigrist at ETHZ and Prof. Frédéric Mila at EPFL.

Prof. Albert FurrerProf. Albert Furrer (ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institute) is the former head of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering (LNS) and member of MaNEP. He has been awarded the prestigious Walter Hälg Prize of the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA), jointly with Prof. Hans Ulrich Güdel (University of Bern). The 2005 Prize will be presented during the International Conference on Neutron Scattering in Sidney, between November 27 and December 2. The ENSA Prize is awarded every two years to European scientists for an outstanding programme of research in neutron scattering with a long term impact on scientific and/or technical applications.
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more infos on Prof. Albert Furrer on the ENSA website]

prof. fischerProf. Oystein Fischer received a Honoris Causa Doctorate during the Dies Academicus of the University of Neuchatel that took place on Saturday November 5, 2005 - in the presence of Charles Kleiber, the State Secretary for Education and Research. With this gesture, the press release says, '... the Faculty of Sciences wishes to honour a world-known physicist for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of condensed matter physics and for the close collaboration he has maintained with the research groups at the Institute of Physics of the UniNE that are working in this field (...) '

Dr Patrycja Paruch (University of Geneva - DPMC) received the IBM Prize for condensed matter physics on Monday February 13, during the annual 2006 SPS meeting at EPFL. She has now taken up a post doc position at the University of Cornell (USA).
[SPS press release (in German) : click here]
[MaNEP press release (in French) : click here]

Dr Christian Rüegg (PSI) received the ABB Prize for general physics,
at the 2006 SPS Meeting. He has now taken up a post doc position at the London University College.
[SPS press release (in German) : click here]
[MaNEP press release (in French) : click here]

Prof. Jean-Marc Triscone, MaNEP's Deputy Director and renowned ferrolectricsProf. Jean-Marc Triscone specialist, who has been appointed« Fellow of the American Physical Society ».This honour is reserved to less than 1% of the members of the APS. The official ceremony took place in Baltimore, on Tuesday March 14, 2006. Read the news (in French) on the UNIGE website : [ click here]

Dr Céline LichtensteigerA former PhD student in Prof. Jean-Marc Triscone's group (DPMC - UniGE), she wrote an excellent thesis on ferroelectrics, this spring. Dr Céline Lichtensteiger's workentitled Ferroelectricity at the Nanoscale : Study of Size Effects in Lead Titanate Thin Films has been acknowledged by the prestigious Vacheron Constantin Prize for physics. Céline (on the picture with Juan-Carlos Torres, the firm's CEO) received a beautiful watch during the ceremony that took place on Friday, June 23, at the firm's factory in Plan-Les-Ouates (in Geneva).
Since 1948, the firm rewards students from the Science Faculty of Geneva by awarding the prize in turn in mathematics, astronomy and physics.

Dr Henrik Ronnow received the first Lewy-Bertaut prize awarded by the European Crystallographic Association and European Neutron Scattering Association.

Nicolas Reyren, Andrea Caviglia and Stefano Gariglio have recently received the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) OC Oerlikon award (one of the SPS prize) for the exceptional quality of their work on the superconducting interfaces.

The “Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical” has announced Vivien Lecomte, Julien Tailleur and Jorge Kurchan, as winners of the 2009 Best Paper Prize. The paper, entitled “Mapping out-of-equilibrium into equilibrium in one-dimensional transport models”,was chosen as it excelled in novelty, achievement, potential impact and presentation.
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University of Geneva, trough its technology transfer service called Unitec, has a new fund, Unigap, which aims to help researchers to bring their scientific discoveries to practical applications. Prof. Christoph Renner, MaNEP deputy director, is one of the first two researchers to have benefited from this fund, with the "Piezo-pinch" technology, allowing one to measure deformations at a nanometre scale using an electrical resistance measurement. It is a particularly sensitive sensor that could be applied in various sectors. "Piezo-Pinch" has been co-invented by: Prof. Christoph Renner, Alistair Rowe (Ecole Polytechnique de Palaiseau) and Steve Arscott (Institut d’électronique de microélectronique et de nanotechnologie de Lille).

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