Researcher of the Year

The title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ is one of the highest awards conferred by IAAM to honor the scientists and researchers who have been involved in high-end research for 25 years or more and have significantly contributed to the area of Materials Science, Engineering, and Technology. Every year, the association announces the ‘Researcher of the Year’ with a lot of pride to recognize the hard work and path-breaking efforts of a scientist towards the advancement of materials to global excellence. 

In the last decade, the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ conferred by IAAM has become one of the highest regarded honors that any researcher or scientist working in an interdisciplinary scientific field can have the pleasure to receive. IAAM presents this honor to recognize excellence in research and recognize leading ground-breaking scientific contributions. This title serves as the recognition of true excellence and highly valuable findings.

Nomination Guidelines

International Association of Advanced Materials invites the most accomplished and achieving researchers and scientists to file nominations for this coveted title along with their updated CVs. The nomination for the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ is open to all, including researchers, scientists, professionals, policymakers, government agencies, independent researchers, and students, providing that they have made some ground-breaking achievements and progress in Advanced Materials Science, Engineering, and Technology. For detailed information and guidelines regarding eligibility and how to file nomination

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IAAM takes pride in offering a wide range of honours and recognitions in the field of materials science, engineering, and technology to the deserving scientists, researchers, professionals, students, policymakers, govt. organizations, and students all across the globe. The association regularly honours the worthy minds in an attempt to ignite the advancement of materials to sustainable and green world.

The Title

‘Researcher of The Year’ is a highly coveted and topmost honour that IAAM confers upon the best of researchers and scientists. The title is a highly desirable one and serves as the recognition of excellence in Materials Science research. The elite researchers who are shortlisted for this honour are required to deliver a lecture in the online Advanced Materials Lecture Series or in an assembly of the Advanced Materials Congress. This highly informative lecture is recorded and published in the Open Access Video journal of IAAM, Video Proceedings of Advanced Materials.


Since the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ is one of the top-most awards conferred upon researchers by IAAM, the association is quite selective regarding it. This highly prestigious honour is conferred upon a researcher or scientist who has been a leader in an important interdisciplinary field of science for at least 25 years or more. The association considers elite researchers who have made a highly significant impact in any field, including but not limited to, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Medicine, Atmosphere, Planetary Sciences, and Ocean sciences. Individuals operating as independent researchers are also eligible for this honour, provided they have demonstrated leadership and conducted quality research. All over the globe, any scientist or researcher who has made some really outstanding contributions to the Materials science with their research and results along with making efforts towards the dissemination of scientific education, promotion of materials science research and its application is considered eligible for this honour. IAAM does not consider any factors like ethnicity, background, nationality, race, religion, gender, and age to shortlists the recipients of this title.

Selection Procedure

IAAM utilizes scientific databases to conduct a review of the research and findings contributed by elite scientists to Materials Science, Engineering, and Technology. On the basis of this review, IAAM invites the eminent scientific contributors to file nomination for the title of ‘Researcher of The Year’. The sole authority in matters of reviewing the nominations is IAAM’s Scientific Committee. This committee shortlists the researchers to submit their abstract for the lecture to be delivered in either the Advanced Materials Congress of online in the Advanced Materials Lecture Series. Once the abstract is submitted, the lecture is delivered within three months of the date of endorsement.


International Association of Advanced Materials coordinates a search committee that carries out the initial review process for ‘Researcher of the Year’. To arrive at the final decision, the scientific committee considers contributions and achievements of the individuals. In the last decade, IAAM has honoured many researchers from around the world with this highly coveted and desirable title.

Prof. Herbert Gleiter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Researcher of the Year 2020

Prof. Herbert Gleiter

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Prof. Herbert Gleiter obtained his PhD from Max Planck Institute of Materials Science and the University of Stuttgart in 1966. He worked for several years at Harvard University and MIT as a Research Fellow.

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Researcher of the Year 2019

Prof. Enge Wang

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Professor Wang is the President of the renowned institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences and President Emeritus of Peking University, China. Over the years, he has been one of the leading contributors to the areas of Surface Physics and nanotechnology research.

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Prof. Enge Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China | IAAM
Prof. T. Venkatesan, National University of Singapore, Singapore | IAAM

Researcher of the Year 2018

Prof. T. Venkatesan

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. T. Venkatesan has been a Physicist and manager for almost two decades with Bell Labs and Bellcore. In the last two decades, he has worked with the Center for Superconductivity Research. Prof. Venkatesan is widely regarded for his pioneering research and contributions to the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the year 1985, he founded the Surface Center at Rutgers University and served as a professor there for 5 years.

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Researcher of the Year 2017

Prof. Zhong Lin Wang

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Zhong Lin Wang completed his doctorate degree from Arizona State University in the year 1987. Currently, he serves as the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering and Regents’ Professor at Georgia Tech. He also serves as the Director of Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Prof. Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA | IAAM