Hermann Gies

1989-2018  Chair in crystallography at the Ruhr-Universität
                  Bochum, FRG
1989-2013  Member of the structure commission of the IZA
2005-2018  Member of INCOE, an International Network of
                  Centres of Excellence: DICP, Dalian, China; RU
                  Bochum, Germany; KU Leuven, Belgium; Tokyo
                  Tech, Japan; Zhejiang University, Hangzhou,
                  China; BASF Ludwigshafen, Germany
2018-         Specially Appointed Professor, IIR Nanospace
                  Catalysis Unit, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Field of Specialization
Materials synthesis / Materials characterization / Surfaces and interfaces


Nanospace Catalysis Unit (IIR, Tokyo Tech)


Research Hub Group :Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Rationalizing synthesis of zeolites using organic structure directors

  • Solving and refining crystal structures from diffration data sets of limited resolution
  • Solving and refining the structure of adsorbates on calcite, apatite, and zincoxide surfaces using GIXRD data sets

Selected Awards

  • George T. Piercy distinguished visiting Professor award, University of Minnesota, USA(2013)
  • State High-end Expert at PKU, Beijing China(2014-2016)

  • Will-Kleber-Gedenkmünze of the association of german crystallographers (DGK) for excellence in research(2018)

Selected Publications

  • Gies, H.: Clathrate mit SiO2 Wirstsstrukturen: Clathrasile. Nachr. Chem. Tech. Lab. 33, 387-392(1985)

  • Fyfe, C.A., H. Gies, Y. Feng, G.T. Kokotailo: Natural abundance 29Si 2D NMR   determination of the 3-dimensional lattice connectivites in zeolites and the direct observation of 29Si-O-29Si couplings in the solid state. Nature 341,223-225(1989)

  • Gies, H., Marler, B.: The structure controlling role of organic templates for the   synthesis of porosils in the system SiO2/Template/H2O. Zeolites 12, 42-49(1992)

  • S. Vortmann, H. Gies, J. Rius: Ab initio structure solution from X-ray powder data at moderate resolution: The crystal structure of a microporous layer silicate. J. Phys. Chem. 101, 1292-1297(1997)

  • U. Magdans, H. Gies, X. Torelles, J. Rius: Investigation of the (104) cleavage surface of calcite under dry and humid conditions with GIXRD techniques. Eur. J. Mineral. 18, 83–92 (2006)
  • M. Bandyophadhyay, O. Korsak, M.W.E. Van den Berg, W. Grünert, A. Birkner, W. Li, F. Schüth, H. Gies: Gold nano-particles in mesoporous MCM-48 as active CO-oxidation catalyst. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 89, 158 – 163(2006)
  • Markus Reichinger, Wolfgang Schmidt, Vaishali V. Narkhede, Weiping Zhang, Hermann Gies, Wolfgang Grünert: Ordered mesoporous materials with MFI structured microporous walls – Synthesis and proof of wall microporosity. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 164, 21-31(2012)