Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Important Awards of the KSOP Members


  • Marc Hippler receives KSOP Best Publication Award 2019 for his publication Controlling the shape of 3D microstructures by temperature and light, 2019
  • Saba Gharibzadeh receives KSOP Best Publication Award 2019 for her publication CRecord Open-Circuit Voltage Wide-Bandgap Perovskite Solar Cells Utilizing 2D/3D Perovskite Heterostructure, 2019
  • Tobias Frenzel receives KSOP Best Publication Award 2019 for his publication Three-dimensional mechanical metamaterials with a twist, 2019
  • Tobias Messer receives KSOP Best Publication Award 2019 for his publication Two in One: Light as a Tool for 3D Printing and Erasing at the Microscale, 2019
  • Aso Rahimzadegan receives KSOP Best Publication Award 2019 for his publication Disorder-Induced Phase Transitions in the Transmission of Dielectric Metasurfaces, 2019
  • Martin Wegener became the spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order”, a collaboration of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University within the Excellence Strategy, 2019
  • Ulrich Lemmer becomes a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA), 2019
  • Alexander Colsmann and five colleagues from KIT received the Erwin-Schrödinger-Prize of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, 2019
  • Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus receives 2019 EPS-QEOD Thesis Prize for fundamental aspects, 2019


  • Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Yidenekechaw J. Donie, and Guillaume Gomard receives the International Bionic Award 2018 of the Schauenburg Foundation for their research on "Butterfly-inspired photonic nanostructures for energy and healthcare applications.", 2018

  • Ulrich Lemmer receives the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal, 2018

  • Martin Wegener (Institute of Applied Physics), the Institute of Nanotechnology, and Nanoscribe recieved a Prize of the DPG for super-precision 3-D laser printing from Karlsruhe, 2018
  • Amos Egel is the Winner of the "2018 Elsevier - Waterman Award" for electromagnetic scattering & characterization, 2018
  • The KIT thanks it's staff for being comitted, having great ideas and bringing great results: https://intranet.kit.edu/5202.php, 2018
  • Christian Koos won the second prize of the renowned Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis together with the other founders and employees of Vanguard Photonics and with teams from its research partner KIT, 2018


  • Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener together with Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer and Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik received the Erwin-Schrödinger-Prize of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres for developing a method to build flexible and three-dimensional micro structures, in which cell cultures can be bred and researched, 2017
  • Christian Koos: Offer of a professorship for Photonic Integration at Technical University of Eindhoven, 2017 (declined)
  • Christian Koos: Offer of a professorship for High-Frequency Technologies and Photonics at Technical University of Berlin, 2017 (declined)
  • Manfred Kappes was honored with the membership of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2017
  • Christian Koos was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant and a Proof of Concept Grant, 2017


  • Christian Koos founded the Start-up Vanguard Photonics GmbH in 2016: Vanguard Photonics GmbH is a high-tech spin-off company, offering services and technologies in the area of large-scale photonic integration, 2016
  • Claus Feldmann: Offer of a professorship at Leibniz-Universität Hannover, 2016 (declined)


  • Carsten Rockstuhl became a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA), 2015
  • Christian Koos and his team were awarded the Research Award of the Gips-Schüle-Foundation, 2015
  • Ulrich Lemmer was elected as a member of the Reviewers Collegiate of the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the period 2015 - 2020
  • Stefan Gärtner and Alexander Colsmann were awarded the Research Award of the Gips-Schüle-Foundation in 2015
  • Christoph Stiller became speaker of the DFG focus program „Kooperativ agierende Automobile“, 2015
  • Martin Bastmeyer received the Advanced Researcher Scholarship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), 2015


  • Martin Wegener was awarded the Thomas Reuters Award as „Highly Cited Researcher“, 2014
  • Christian Koos was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Applied Research by the Federal Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, 2014
  • Teh publication Nature Commun. 5, 3055 (2014) of the group of Martin Wegener was elected for the OPN (top 10 publications worldwide of the year), 2014
  • Johannes Orphal: Offer to become a scientific director of the Institute Saint Louis, 2014 (declined)
  • Carsten Rockstuhl was awarded the APS Outstanding Referee Award, 2014
  • Martin Wegener won the SPIE PRISM AWARD for Nanoscribe GmbH, 2014
  • Manfred Kappes was awarded the Xingda Lectureship of the Peking University (China), 2014
  • Martin Wegener was awarded the Professor honoris causa (h.c.) by the Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan (China), 2014
  • Carsten Rockstuhl: Offer for a professorship for Theoretical Physics at the University Linz, 2014 (declined)


  • Christian Koos has been a member in the managing board of the „Deutschen Gesellschaft für angewandte Optik“ (DGaO), 2013-2014
  • Wolfram Pernice was elected for the Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, 2013
  • Jürg Leuthold became speaker of the „Helmholtz International Research School in Teratronics“ in 2012, followed by Christian Koos in 2013


  • Christoph Stiller, President of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Sys. Society, 2012-2013
  • Christian Koos became speaker of the „Helmholtz International Research School in Teratronics“, 2012
  • Junior research group leaders accepted external offers for professorships: Martina Gerken, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 2008; Georg von Freymann, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, 2010; Stefan Linden, Universität Bonn, 2010; Nicolas Stenger, Dänische Technische Universität, Assistant Professor, 2012; Christiane Becker, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 2013, Isabelle Staude, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Juniorprofessur, 2015; Wolfram Pernice, Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, 2015
  • Alexander Colsmann leads the BMBF Young Researchers Group „Tandem-Architekturen für effi-ziente Organische Solarzellen“, 2012
  • Christian Koos: Offer for a professorship in Optoelectronics and leadership of the Center for Semiconductor Technology and Optoelectronics at the University Duisburg-Essen, 2012 (declined)
  • Olaf Dössel was annonced fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2012
  • Cristian Koos recieved the Alfried Krupp sponsorship award for junior researchers, 2012

2011 - 2007

  • ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant 2011 for Christian Koos
  • Martin Wegener (2009), Manfred Kappes (2010), and Jürg Leuthold (2011) became Hector Fellows
  • Manfred Kappes was awarded the Van´t Hoff Prize of the German Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry, 2009
  • Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg 2008 for Jürg Leuthold
  • DFG Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award 2007 to Stefan Linden for research on photonic metamaterials
  • Kurt Busch and Martin Wegener received the Carl Zeiss Award 2006 for their cooperative work on photonic crystals and photonic metamaterials
  • Manfred Kappes (2011) and Martin Wegener (2006) became Members of Leopoldina, the Germany Academy of Sciences
  • Claus Feldman became member of the curatorship of the journal "Angewandte Chemie, 2010
  • Manfred Kappes was appointed Chairman of ERC Advanced Grants Panel PE4-A for the period 2008 - 2013
  • Stefan Bräse (Organic Molecular Chemistry) and Ulrich Nienhaus (Biophysics) were elected Members of the Reviewers Collegiate of the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the period 2008 - 2012
  • In 2008 Martin Wegener and Jürg Leuthold became Fellows of the Optical Society of America
  • Manfred Kappes (2008) and Jürg Leuthold (2010) became Members of the Heidelberg Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Jürg Leuthold 2007 – 2011: Chair of ‘Photonics and Electro-optics Division’ of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Martin Wegener, Adjunct Professor at Optical Sciences Center, Tucson (U.S.A.), 2009
  • The start-up company Nanoscribe GmbH has been founded in 2007 out of Martin Wegener’s group: Nanoscribe produces compact and easy-to-operate table-top laser lithography systems, allowing for the fabrication of true three-dimensional nanostructures based on two photon polymerization in commercially available photoresists. Martin Hermatschweiler, Georg v. Freymann, Michael Thiel and Martin Wegener have been awarded the Otto-Haxel Award 2007 for the successful technology transfer.
  • The foundation of the start-up company Fibergy out of J. Leuthold’s group is anticipated for 2012: Fibergy aims at commercializing optically powered galvanically isolated motion sensors for wind-power-plant blades.
  • The start-up company VISOLAS GmbH has been founded out of U. Lemmer’s and T. Mappes’ groups in spring 2011: VISOLAS aims at commercializing organic semiconductor lasers for biophotonic applications. In June 2011, VISOLAS obtained the prestigeous Cyberone Hightech Award for the best research commercialization of 2011.
  • Jürg Leuthold: Offer for a professorship at RWTH Aachen, 2010 (declined)
  • Claus Feldmann: Offer for a professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2011 (declined)
  • Kurt Busch: Offer for a professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in conjunction with a group-leader position at Max Born-Institute in Berlin, 2011
  • Martin Wegener: Offer to become President of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig and Berlin, 2010 (declined)
  • KSOP Junior Research Group Leaders have accepted professorial positions elsewhere: Georg von Freymann, University of Kaiserslautern, 2010; Stefan Linden, University of Bonn, 2010; Martina Gerken, University of Kiel, 2008
  • KSOP scientists have applied for 91 patents within 2006 – 2015.
  • Martin Wegener, Program Co-chair, CLEO: Fundamental Science (formerly QELS), Baltimore (U.S.A.), May 1-6, 2011
  • Uli Lemmer, Conference Program Chair, Optical Society of America (OSA), Topical Meeting ‘Solid State and Organic Lighting’, Karlsruhe (Germany), 2010 and Austin (USA), 2011
  • Jürg Leuthold, General Conference Chair, Optical Society of America (OSA) Optics Congress, Karlsruhe (Germany), June 21-24, 2010
  • Martin Wegener, General Conference Co-chair, Optical Society of America (OSA) Topical Meeting ‘Plasmonics and Metamaterials’, Tucson (U.S.A.), June 7-9, 2010
  • In 2007 the Ohio/Karlsruhe vehicle has entered the finals of the US DARPA Grand Challenge and was ranked on position 10 among a total of 195 competitors. A Karlsruhe/ Munich vehicle reached the final of the US DARPA Urban Challenge in 2008. In 2011 Karlsruhe’s vehicle AnnieWAY won the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.