News | 25-08-2023

Laudise Prize for Prof. Peter Rudolph

Our long-time colleague Prof. Peter Rudolph was awarded the Laudise Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) during the 20ᵗʰ International Conference on Crystal Growth (ICCG-20) in Naples.

Prof. Thierry Duffar (chairman of the prize committee, center) und Prof. Koichi Kakimoto (president of IOCG, right) present Prof. Peter Rudolph (left) with the Laudise Prize

After studying at the Technical University in Lemberg (Ukraine) Prof. Peter Rudolph began his scientific career at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was appointed as a professor in 1985. He worked at the Humboldt University until 1993 and then followed a one-year research stay at the Tohoku University in Sendai (Japan). He began his research work at the IKZ in 1995. Here he was active in numerous projects as head of the “Technology development” competence field until 2011. After retirement, he continues to be active in the international crystal growing community as an independent scientific and technical consultant and lecturer.

The renowned Laudise Prize is awarded every three years by the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) for exceptional achievements in the field of crystal growth to scientists who have made a special contribution, particularly with regard to technological solutions.

Prof. Peter Rudolph was honored with the award for his exceptional achievements in a deep understanding of the fundamentals of crystal growth in connection with technological applications in the field of various semiconductors (II-VI, III-V and silicon). His work includes important insights into melt structures, point defect dynamics, in situ stoichiometry control, dislocation networks and the use of external fields. In his professional carrier he has published around 250 scientific publications, including 2 monographs, 8 editions, 29 book contributions and 35 patents.

His name is also closely associated with the use of magnetic fields in crystal growth, e.g. as manager, he led the project "KRISTMAG® technology" from concept to industrial application,  in which the effect of dynamic magnetic fields on semiconducting melts lead to an improvement in the material properties of grown crystals. His team received the Berlin-Brandenburg Technology Prize for this achievement in 2008.


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Christiane Frank-Rotsch

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