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educator , physico-chemist and electrical engineer

Rainer Waser, German physico-chemist and electrical engineer, educator. Recipient Carl Wagner prize Max-Planck Institute, 1988, John D. Moynihan award International Electronic Components Institute, 1990, Edward C. Hughes award American Ceramic Society, 1994, UFFC Ferroelectrics Recognition award Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2000. Outstanding Achievement award Internat Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics, 2001.


Waser, Rainer was born on September 16, 1955 in Frankfurt, Main, Germany. Son of Totila and Marianne (Grüning) Waser.


He studied Physical Chemistry at Darmstadt University of Technology where he received a diploma degree in 1979. After that he turned to Darmstadt and worked as scientific assistant until he completed his PhD.


He is also director of the section Electronic Materials at the Peter Grünberg Institute which is located on the campus of Jülich Research Center (Forschungszentrum Jülich). His research and teaching is on solid-state chemistry and defect chemistry to electronic properties and modelling, the technology of new materials and the physical properties of construction components. Important findings include insights in the functioning of the so-called memristors.

Then he went to the University of Southampton to conduct research at the Institute of Electrochemistry. He subsequently joined the Philips research laboratories (research group Electronic Ceramics) at Aachen. In 1992, he accepted a Chair for Electronic Materials in the Faculty of Electrical Science and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University.

In 2012, he was elected to the post of Speaker of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Aachen university. A comprehensive list can be found in the cv on the institute's website. Fellow of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

Spokesperson of the section Future information technology (FIT) within the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.


  • A comprehensive list can be found in the cv on the institute's website.\r\nHonorary doctorate from the University of Silesia in Katowice in 2015\r\n2014 - Tsungming-Tu Prize, awarded by the National Science Council in Taiwan (the country’s highest academic distinction which can be bestowed on non-Taiwanese citizens)\r\n2014 - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award\r\n2007 - Masao Ikeda Award, Ikeda Memorial Foundation, Kyoto, Japan\r\n2001 - Outstanding Achievements Award, International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics (ISIF)\r\n2000 - Ferroelectrics Recognition Award, IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: (with O. Auciello) Science and Technology of Electroceramic Thin Films, 1995.


Executive Advisory Board Member of the journal Advanced Functional Materials.


Married Michaela Haust, May 17, 1985. Children: Julian, Jasmina.

Totila Waser

Marianne (Grüning) Waser

Michaela Haust

Jasmina Waser

Julian Waser