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FZJ Excellence Prize 2014 for Dr. Benjamin Stadtmüller

Dr. Benjamin Stadtmüller, PhD student and PostDoc at the PGI-3 from 2009 to 2013, has been awarded the Excellence Price 2014 for Young Investigators at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (press release, in German).

Dr. Stadtmüller studied Physics in the “FOCUS Physik” program at the University Würzburg (2005-2009). In 2009 he came to Jülich and started his PhD thesis in the research group of Prof. Christian Kumpf. In his thesis he was working on hetero-molecular hybrid interfaces formed by pairs of donor-acceptor molecules with a metal surface. He concentrated on geometric and electronic properties of these interfaces which he investigated using a large number of diffraction- and spectroscopic techniques. Many experiments were performed at Synchrotron radiation sources (ESRF/Grenoble, BESSY/Berlin, Diamond/Didcot, Elettra/Trieste), but also lab experiments and theoretical investigations contributed to his excellent thesis. More details can be found here:  Scheinbar paradoxe Bindung organischer Halbleiter, XSW at Diamond  and  Chemisorption at hetero-organic interfaces.

In 2013 Benjamin Stadtmüller finished his PhD thesis with distinction (summa cum laude) at the RWTH Aachen University. After a short PostDoc period at PGI-3 he moved to University of Kaiserslautern (group of Martin Aeschlimann) in January 2014, where he continues to work on molecular adsorbates, now focusing on magnetic properties. We wish him all the best for his future scientific career.