Gunther Rupprechter, TU Wien, Austria
Günther Rupprechter received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1996 from the University Innsbruck, Austria. After being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) till 1998, he was group leader for Laser Spectroscopy and Catalysis at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (Germany) from 1999 to 2005. In 2005 he accepted a Full Professorship in Surface and Interface Chemistry at Technische Universität Wien. He is the Vice-Chair of the Austrian Catalysis Society (Austrian Representative in EFCATS and IACS), Speaker of the Special Research Program (SFB) “Functional Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces (FOXSI)” of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), as well as Editorial Board Member of “Catalysis Letters” and “Topics in Catalysis”. His research emphasis is on heterogeneous catalysis, particularly in situ (operando) spectroscopy/microscopy on model and technological catalysts. In 2005 he received the Jochen Block Award of the German Catalysis Society for “the application of surface science methods to heterogeneous catalysis” and became corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2012.