The Diels-Planck-Lecture 2017 is awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Aldo R. Boccaccini from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

The lecture will be held in the evening of the first conference day: Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 18:30.

The lecture series honours the founders of nano science in Kiel, the Nobel Prize winners Max Planck und Otto Diels.

Aldo R. Boccaccini receives the award as a distinguished expert for the field of biomaterials with a focus on application in life sciences.

On June 7th, he will give a lecture about his research.

Aldo R. Boccaccini is director of the Institue of Biomaterials at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). At the same time he is Visiting Professor at the Imperial College London, at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, at the RWTH Aachen Unversity and at the Universidad Nacional del Cuyo (Argentina).


The Diels-Planck lecture is awarded annually to an outstanding scientist and established leader in the field of nano and surface science. Nominations are assessed by the members of the KiNSIS and the winner is hosted by the Kiel University. The Diels-Planck lectures are open to the public.

2015               Professor Ben Feringa von der der Universität Groningen (Niederlande)
2014               Dr. Gerhard Meyer vom IBM Research Laboratory in Zürich (Schweiz)

The previous Diels-Planck lecture award winners are: 

2016               Professor Sotiris Pratsinis von der ETH Zürich (Schweiz)

The lectures series honors the originators of the nanosciences in Kiel, the Nobel laureates Max Planck and Otto Diels.

Max Planck was born 1858 in Kiel and was appointed as professor of theoretical physics by the University of Kiel in 1897. In 1918 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work on quantum theory, which is the fundamental theory to describe nanostructures.

Otto Diels was professor of chemistry at the University of Kiel from 1915 until his retirement in 1945. Together with his graduate student Kurt Alder he discovered and developed a class of chemical reactions that was later coined Diels-Alder reaction which is one of the most powerful methods to synthesize chemical compounds including nanomaterials. Otto Diels was awarded the Nobel Price in Chemistry in 1950.