About GAeF

The "Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung e.V." (GAeF) was founded in 1972 in order to promote all areas of aerosol research, to provide information on an interdisciplinary basis amongst members and the public, to provide an international forum for collaboration and support scientific education and teaching at all levels. GAeF has members from all over the world and encourages aerosol scientists to join the society.

Contact GAeF

Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung e.V.

Postfach 45 04 05

50879 Köln


e-mail: info@gaef.de

2020 - Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung e.V.

Smoluchowski Award


Smoluchowski Award

The "Smoluchowski award" shall be granted to an outstanding young scientist in the fields of more technical aerosol science and is thus comparable to the Schmauss award, which will be limited to scientists from atmospheric aerosol science field.

Regulations and Procedures

1. Award

(a) The Smoluchowski Award, named after the physicist Marian Smoluchowski (1872-1917), is intended to recognize significant research contribution to aerosol science.

(b) The award shall be given to a young researcher (as a rule under 40 years of age) who has achieved and published new results in aerosol science in the preceding 3 years. It may be shared by two individuals judged to be equally meritorious.

(c) The award will be conferred by the Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF) during the annual European Aerosol Conference.

2. The Award Committee

(a) The award committee is composed of at least four member of the Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF). The actual number is decided by the board of GAeF. The members of the committee are elected by the GAeF board for a period of 3 years, with one possible prolongation. The award committee elects a chairman, the election is led by the past chairman. In case of impediment the president of GAeF leads the election. The past chairman is a member of the Smoluchowski Award Committee ex officio.

(b) The names of the members of the award committee are listed on the GAeF web page.

3. Nominations

(a) The Smoluchowski Award Committee of GAeF invites nominations of candidates from members of GAeF and other scientists working in the field of aerosol science according to the regulations issued by the Smoluchowski Award Committee and prosted at the home page of GAeF and by public announcement in the Journal of Aerosol Science and/or other scientific publications.

(b) Nominations should be sent before 1 May of each year to the chairman of the Smoluchowski Award Committee. Researchers in all areas of aerosol science are eligible and may be nominated by any other scientists.

(c) Nomination is made by a full letter of justification including a curriculum vitae and a bibliography. The letter should include at least one specific reference to an outstanding work of the nominee.

(d) The nominee need not be a member of the aerosol organizations.

(e) Nominations may be carried over to the following award by a renomination letter.

4. Selection

(a) The committee will review all nominations in closed session. After a discussion of the candidates the Smoluchowski Award Committee votes on the candidates. The voting procedures are decided by the Smoluchowski Award Committee. If the award committee discusses a candidate coming from the institution of one of the members of the committee, this member neither is allowed to speak about this candidate, nor to vote.

(b) A copy of the minutes of the session is sent to the secretary general of GAeF.

(c) The award committee has the discretionary power to not select an awardee in any given period.

(d) The annual award consists of a certification and a donation of 2.000 €. Please, send your nominations to the chair of the award committee before May 1. The name(s) and achievements of the awardee(s) will be published in the Journal of Aerosol Science.


Chair Of Committee

Prof. Dr. Alfred Weber

Technische Universität Clausthal
Institut für Mech. Verfahrenstechnik
Leibnizstr. 19
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld 
Tel: +49-5323-72-3860
Fax: +49-5323-72-2830
email: alfred.weber[at]mvt.tu-clausthal.de

Member Of Committee

Dr. Jean-Pascal Borra

CNRS Université Paris Sud Laboratoire de Physique des Gazes et des Plasmas Centrale Supelec, 3 Rue Joliot Curie 91192 Gif sur Yvette


TEL: +33 1-69 15 36 74

FAX: +33 1-69 85 17 99

email: jp.borra[at]gpg.u-psud.fr 

Member Of Committee

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Einar Kruis

Universität Duisburg-Essen NST

Bismarckstr. 81

47057 Duisburg


TEL: +49-203-379-2899

FAX: +49-203-379-3268

email: einar.kruis[at]uni-due.de

Member Of Committee

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kasper

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


Straße am Forum 876131 Karlsruhe


TEL: +49-721-608-46561

FAX: +49-721-608-46563

email: gerhard.kasper[at]kit.edu

Winners of the Smoluchowski Award

1986 Paul E. Wagner

1987 Helmut Bunz

1988 Andreas Schmidt-Ott

1989 Leon Gradon

1990 Richard C. Flagan

1991 Reinhard Niessner

1992 David Y. H. Pui + Andrey V. Filippov

1993 Vladek. Szymanski

1994 Heinz Burtscher + Wolfgang Möller

1995 Sotiris E. Pratsinis + Michael Shapiro

1996 Sergey Grinshpun

1997 Markku Kulmala

1998 K. A. Prather + Alfonso M. Gañán-Calvo

1999 Ian J. Ford

2000 Einar Kruis

2001 Alfred P. Weber + D.A. Edwards

2002 Da-Ren Chen

2003 Ignacio González Loscertales

2004 Colin O`Dowd

2005 Lutz Mädler

2006 Jean-Pascal Borra

2007 Veli-Matti Kerminen

2008 Markus Kalberer + Thomas Koop

2009 Suwan Jayasinghe

2010 Wendelin J. Stark + Martin Seipenbusch

2011 Albert G. Nasibulin + Jing Wang

2012 no winner

2013 James D. Allan + Christopher J. Hogan Jr. + Maosheng Yao

2014 Ilona Riipinen

2015 Andreas Kürten

2016 Alexandra Teleki

2017 Mikael Kristian Ehn + Mikko Juhani Sipilä

2018 Jingkun Jiang

2019 Maria Messing