Herbert Gleiter appointed founding director of the HGI and HGII

We are pleased to announce exciting news for our active fellow, Professor Herbert Gleiter. 


Herbert Gleiter International Institute (HGII)

The Chinese (National) Academy of Sciences and the Liaoning Academy of Materials (LAM) have recently appointed Professor Gleiter as the founding director of the Herbert Gleiter International Institute (HGII) in Shenyang, China.

On April 1, 2024, the Liaoning Academy of Materials held the inauguration ceremony for Herbert Gleiter International Institute (HGII), marking its official launch.


HGII is an important academic platform to systematically introduce internationally renowned scientist teams to conduct original academic explorations of materials. According to Professor Gleiter, "HGII is formed by highly cited colleagues from a wide spectrum of countries from China as well as from abroad. In other words, at the HGI we are trying to initiate a new "research culture"  in China that is based on the close co-operation of top scientists from all over the world in an institute of the Liaoning Academy of Materials (LAM) and the Chinese National Academy of Sciences located in China."


Building of HGII

Current Research Program of HGII

· Quantum Mechanical  Effects Controlling the Magnetic Properties of Transition Metal-based Nano Glass

· Chemo-physical surface phenomena of nano-glasses

· Evaluation of New Diffusion Mechanisms in Nanoglass

· Nanoglass Particles Synthesis and Energy Applications

· Toughness and plastic deformation of silica Nanoglasses

· Quantum magnetic phenomena in interacting magnetic nano glass system

· Preparation and Properties Investigation of Nanoglass-structured Functional Materials: Thermoelectrical materials and other functional materials.

· Nanostructural design of materials for multifunctional properties using severe plastic deformation (SPD)

· Material design and computation

· New Nanostructured Crystalline and Non-Crystalline Materials: The Door to a World of New Technologies

Professor Gleiter suggests that "I felt it was justified by the fact, that the research "landscape" in our field in China undergoes a remarkable change and it seems to me important that we incorporate these changes in the planning of our research programs outside of China including new ways of cooperation with our colleagues from China."

Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanotechnology (HGI)

Professor Gleiter was also appointed as the founding director of the Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanotechnology in Nanjing, China. 


Building of HGI

The Herbert Gleiter Institute (HGI) was founded in 2012 as a special unit within the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST), the basis was laid for a new research institution that is internationally visible and which focuses on innovative basic research in various new areas of materials science.

Herbert Gleiter

Herbert Gleiter is an internationally renowned material scientist and an active Fellow of the Core Academy (Division of Natural Sciences). He received his Ph.D. in Physics and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University and MIT. In 1973, Gleiter became Chair Professor of Materials Science and founded in 1988 today’s Leibniz Institute of New Materials at Saarbruecken, Germany. In 1994, he was appointed President of Research and Technology of the Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany, and 4 years later he became the Founding Director of the Center’s Institute of Nanotechnology. 

In 2012 the University of Nanjing founded the “Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience” and appointed him as the Institute’s Founding Director. Prof. Gleiter’s received more than 40 prizes. Among them, the most highly reputed awards in Germany, are the Leibniz and the Max Planck Research Prize and the Cothenius Medal, the most prestigious award of the German National Academy of Sciences. Seven universities awarded him honorary doctorates. He is a Member of 12 Academies of Science or Engineering. 

By the end of the 70’s he and his research group opened the way to a new kind of materials, called today nano-crystalline materials. In the 1980s he introduced the idea of synthesizing materials with nanocrystalline (_< 100 nm) grain size to achieve superior and novel properties. In 1995 Herbert Gleiter initiated a new field of Materials Science by developing nanostructured non-crystalline materials that are called today nano-glasses. 

Nano-glasses can be produced with atomic structures and/or with chemical compositions that cannot be generated in the form of crystalline materials or in the form of the glassy materials we have today resulting in new properties of nano-glasses. The utilization of these new properties permits the development of new technologies In other words, nano-glasses may open the way into a “glass age” that would be based on the new properties of nano-glasses, similar to the bronze or iron age that were based on the new properties of bronze or iron when they were discovered. Today more than 800 papers are published annually in this area of Materials Science and about 6 to 8 international conferences on nano-materials are organized every year. 


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