Stefan Hecht elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences


The European Academy of Sciences has elected Prof. Stefan Hecht, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, as a Fellow. Thus, he is now the newest member in the circle of currently 15 appointed German material scientists. Furthermore, the Academy has more than 770 members in various disciplines such as computer science, social science, medicine, and engineering, among them Nobel laureates.

The European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) is dedicated to scientific excellence as well as cutting-edge basic research and interdisciplinary collaboration, which is the basis for all scientific and technological innovation. It is a non-profit and independent association of the most renowned European scientists engaged in cutting-edge research and the development of advanced technologies. Members are united by a joint commitment to the advancement of science and technology and their essential role in supporting Europe's social and economic development.

"It is a very special honor to be part of this illustrious circle. The election reaffirms both the recognition of our research and its socio-economic benefits," explains Stefan Hecht. In particular, his recent results and successes in the field of 3D printing, more specifically the development of xolography, reflect this achievement. The process is based on the light-induced curing of a transparent high-viscosity resin mixture. However, the curing only occurs at points where two different colors thus wavelengths of light cross. The crossing (X) light rays thereby produce the entire (holos) object in a print (graphy), hence the name "xolography".

In the field of materials science, the European Academy of Science addresses a wide variety of challenges from nanostructured materials and biomolecular systems to electronic devices and electromagnetic radiation for the formation and control of complex materials. "Because of this diverse expertise of researchers from over 30 different countries, there is an impressive basis for cross-disciplinary exchange with each other. This is a unique privilege that I would like to take advantage of and continue to support in the future," says Stefan Hecht.

The Academy organizes seminars and symposia to communicate and promote the basic sciences. In the process, outstanding achievements in science and technology are honored through scholarships, medals and honorary memberships of the Academy.


About Stefan Hecht
Stefan Hecht studied chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley (USA) and returned to Germany as a junior group leader. After working at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr, in 2006 he became, at the age of 32, the youngest full professor in his field and Professor of Organic Chemistry and Functional Materials at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2009 he was a founding member of the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS Adlershof) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2019 Stefan Hecht is Scientific Director of DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials and holds the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University.

Stefan Hecht is internationally renowned and has received numerous awards. He is not only considered an outstanding academic mentor, but also knows how to inspire the general public interested in science. Moreover, he is co-founder of xolo GmbH, a company that is developing and commercializing a new light-based 3D printing technology.


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Associated Scientist, Humboldt University Berlin

Prof. Stefan Hecht, Ph.D.

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