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Horst Hahn

Horst Hahn, Ph.D.


Phone: 405-308-2121
Office: Five Partners Place, Suite 3204


M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.), 1978, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany 

Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.), 1982, Technical University Berlin, Germany


Horst Hahn, Ph.D.

Distinguished Materials Visiting Professor

Horst Hahn joined the University of Oklahoma as Distinguished Materials Visiting Professor in October 2022 after retiring from his position at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). At KIT, he served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology (INT) since 2004 and continues to be associated with INT as a KIT Distinguished Senior Fellow.

Horst earned his Ph.D. from the Technische Universität Berlin in 1982. Following a postdoctoral position at the Universität des Saarlandes, he relocated to the United States and held various positions at Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Rutgers University. Upon returning to Germany in 1992, he attained the position of a full professor in the Department of Materials Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Since 2005, he is also a Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and has received Honorary Professorships at the University of Hyderabad in India, as well as Lanzhou University and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. Horst's notable contributions include founding the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage in 2011 and serving as its Founding Director until 2015. From 2012 to 2022, he led a research group on nanoglasses at the Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanosciences in Nanjing. Furthermore, he held the esteemed position of Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Physics Department from 2019 to 2022.

Horst Hahn's research primarily revolves around the utilization and advancement of innovative synthesis and processing techniques, the thorough characterization of nano- and microstructures, and the exploration of the relationships between the nano- and microstructures of materials and their mechanical and functional properties. His fundamental scientific pursuits have focused on the development of cutting-edge materials encompassing metals, ceramics, and composites, as well as nanostructured materials and metallic glasses, with a particular emphasis on investigating their tailored and tunable properties. In addition, his research endeavors have ventured into the realm of materials for energy storage and conversion, as well as printed electronics.

He has made significant contributions to the field and has authored/coauthored over 550 papers and holds 75 patents on nanomaterials, including materials for electrochemical energy storage and printed electronics.

In recognition of his expertise and accomplishments, Horst Hahn has been elected as a Member of the German National Academy Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Engineering, the European Academy of Sciences, and the US National Academy of Inventors. He is also a Fellow of the Materials Research Society. Moreover, he has been honored with the Mehl Award from TMS and the Heyn Denkmünze from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde.

Honors & Awards

2019Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, USA
2019-2022Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California Irvine
2018Honorary Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China
2017Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA
2013Robert Franklin Mehl Award of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, USA
2012Heyn Denkmünze of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), Germany
2010Member of Leopoldina – National Academy of Germany
2010Member of The European Academy of Science
2010Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Pittsburgh, USA
2007Guest Professor at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
2005Distinguished Professor at IIT Madras, India (lifetime position)
2004Honorary Professor at University of Hyderabad, Physics Department, Hyderabad, India
2003Nanotechnology Award of the Deutsche Bank, Berlin, Germany (jointly with Profs. Gleiter and Fecht)
2002Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, School of Materials Engineering, Singapore (2002)
1982Fellowship of Fritz-Thyssen Foundation for highly-qualified young scientists