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Röntgen Award Winner Dr. von der Wense Visits Pfeiffer Vacuum

The Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) has awarded the Röntgen Prize to Dr. Lars von der Wense, a research associate at the Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Dr. von der Wense, who received the award for his outstanding contributions in the field of nuclear physics, visited Pfeiffer Vacuum and reported on his research findings the day before the award ceremony.

The Röntgen Prize is awarded annually for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology. The award is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The award primarily distinguishes the work of young scientists. Pfeiffer Vacuum, the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation and the Ludwig Schunk Foundation donate 15,000 euros for the prize.

Dr. von der Wense with Pfeiffer

Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes Röntgen Award winner Dr. von der Wense.

“Many research institutions have been Pfeiffer Vacuum's partners for decades. Our vacuum solutions are also being used successfully in the Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and we are pleased that Dr. von der Wense was able to confirm his theoretical assumptions there,” said Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, member of the Management Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG.

In the context of his dissertation, Dr. von der Wense has succeeded in directly detecting the thorium isomer Thorium-229m, which has been intensively searched for over 40 years. He laid the foundation for the future development of a nuclear clock. Dr. Lars von der Wense has also received dissertation awards for his work from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the German Physics Society.


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Pfeiffer Vacuum (stock exchange symbol PFV, ISIN DE0006916604) is one of the world’s leading providers of vacuum solutions. In addition to a full range of hybrid and magnetically levitated turbopumps, the product portfolio comprises backing pumps, leak detectors, measurement and analysis devices, components as well as vacuum chambers and systems. Ever since the invention of the turbopump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and high-tech products that are used in the Analytics, Industry, Research & Development, Coating and Semiconductor markets. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is active throughout the world today. The company employs a workforce of some 3,100 people and has more than 20 sales and service companies as well as 8 manufacturing sites worldwide. For more information, visit