The Paul Drude Award

Paul Drude (1863 - 1906)

The Paul Drude Award is named in honor of Paul Karl Ludwig Drude (1863 - 1906), a well-known German physicist specializing in optical properties of matter. His pioneering work in integrating optical properties of metals with Maxwell's theories of electromagnetism led to the famous Drude model of metals, the first microscopic theory of metal optics. Paul Drude is one of the earliest pioneers in spectroscopic  ellipsometry, even if this term was not used during his time. Reflecting Drude’s oeuvre related to the electron-conductivity model, emphasis is placed on spectroscopically determining and understanding the interaction of light with matter.

The Paul-Drude Award consists of a certificate, a prism and a cash prize of 1000€. The Award will be presented by the Conference Chairman at a ceremonial session during the final session of the ICSE-7 conference.

Candidates for the Paul Drude award must be “young scientists” in the sense that they are not yet established as permanent group leaders or University professors. Eligible candidates must be selected from the list of oral speakers (contributed or invited) of the ICSE-7 conference.

Nominations must be submitted to the Conference Chairman by May 30th ( and a concise justification of the nomination should be given.

All nominations will be distributed to the ICSE committees´ members prior to the conference and decided at the conference. The Selection Committee will consist of the members of the Advisory Board, Program Committee and Honorary Committee present at the ICSE-7.