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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Clemens Kaminski

The 2008 Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies has been awarded to Dr Clemens Kaminski by the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT).

With this award, SAOT honours the outstanding scientific contributions of a young researcher with a proven record in Optics, Photonics and Optical Technologies.

Dr. Kaminski is Head of the Laser Analytics Group and University Reader in Optical Measurement Science, Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. The prize recognizes his valuable contributions over the last ten years in a broad variety of applications of optical technologies including diamond deposition plasmas, turbulent flames and ignition processes and most recently also medical and biological systems. In his work he has used nearly all of the major advanced linear and non-linear laser diagnostics technologies. His list of publication in ISI Web of Science comprises more than 50 journal articles.

The award was presented at an Academic Ceremony on January 7th, 2008, at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The prize money is 100,000 EURO.

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Dr Clemens Kaminski

Laser Analytics Group


SAOT was established in November 2006 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments to Promote Science and Research at German Universities. The main focus of SAOT is to improve the research activities in the development and application of optics and optical technologies, in particular at the interfaces between science, engineering and medicine. The topics covered are Optical Metrology, Optical Material Processing, Optics in Medicine, Optical Material and Systems, Optics in Communication and Information Technologies and Computational Optics. These activities will be done within a broad international network with leading scientists in their field.

One of the key concepts of SAOT is the integration of guest scientists in both research and education. The Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies will be awarded annually to an outstanding young scientist in the field of optics and photonics to spend a year in Erlangen and pursue research in collaboration with SAOT scientists. The laureate will also interact with the graduate students of SAOT by giving lectures and seminars.

The award is to be used either for the personal salary of the laureate or for consumables or equipment related to the research. The award winner will have the formal status of a guest professor and is expected to conduct research in Erlangen, starting within one year after the award winner has been announced. The prize money can be used for one continuous stay or for up to three stays within three years.

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