Ulrike Diebold

Ulrike Diebold is an Austrian physicist and Professor of Surface Science at TU Vienna. She was awarded the Wittgenstein Award in 2013.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.

Ulrike Diebold
Born (1961-12-12) 12 December 1961
Kapfenberg, Austria
CitizenshipAustria USA
EducationTU Wien
AwardsWittgenstein Award

Early life and education

Ulrike Diebold was born on 12 December 1961 in Kapfenberg, Austria. She studied physics at the TU Vienna where she received her diploma in 1986. She continued to obtain her doctorate (Dr. techn.) under Prof. Peter Varga in 1990. She completed her habilitation in Experimental Physics in 1998 at the TU Wien.

She was a post-doctoral research associate at Rutgers University between 1990 and 1993.

Career and Research

Ulrike Diebold is well known for her influential work in the fields of surface science, materials and physical chemistry, and condensed matter physics. In particular, she has contributed greatly to the understanding of atomic-scale surface structure and electronic surface structure of metal oxides.

After completing her doctorate in Vienna she moved to the Department of Physics at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. There she was Adjunct Professor of Chemistry (1993-2009), Assistant Professor (1993-1999), Associate Professor (1999-2001), and Professor of Physics (2001-2009). She held the Yahoo! Founder Chair in Science and Engineering from 2006 to 2009. She was also Associate Department Chair from 2002 to 2009. Since 2010 she's been holding the title of Research Professor at Tulane.[1]

In 2010 she moved to the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Wien where she is Professor of Surface Science and Deputy Department Head.[2]

Editorial Activities

Ulrike Diebold has served in a number of editorial roles and on a number of advisory boards for scientific journals.

Start year End year Journal Role Ref.
2003 Surface Science Reports Advisory Editorial Board [3]
2006 2007 Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Surface, Interface and Atomic-Scale Science Editorial Board [2]
2006 2007 Chemical Physics Guest Editor of Special Issue "Doping and Functionalization of Photoactive Semiconducting Metal Oxides" with C. Di Valentin and A. Selloni [4]
2007 2010 Open Journal of Physical Chemistry Advisory Editorial Board [5]
2009 2009 Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Guest Editor of Special Issue "on non-thermal processes on surfaces, dedicated to the memory of Theodore E Madey and perspectives on surface science" with Thomas M. Orlando
2016 npj Quantum Materials Advisory Editorial Board Member [7]
2017 ACS Energy Letters Editorial Advisory Board [8]

Awards and Honours

In 2015 she was awarded the Blaise Pascal medal in Materials Sciences by the European Academy of Sciences for "Surfaces of Metal Oxides, Studied at the Atomic Scale".[9] She held the 2015 Debye Lecture entitled "Surface Science Studies of an Iron Oxide Model Catalyst" at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.[10] Also in 2015, on 24 November, she gave the 21st Annual Schrödinger Lecture at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, with the title "An Atomic-Scale View at Oxide Surfaces".[11] On 11 June 2015 she gave the R. Brdička memorial lecture at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague, entitled "Surface Science of Metal Oxides".[12]

She was awarded the Wittgenstein Award in 2013.[13]

Ulrike Diebold was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council in 2011 for work on "Microscopic Processes and Phenomena at Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces".

Ulrike Diebold was elected a member of the Leopoldina, the national academy of sciences in Germany, in 2015.[14][15] She was elected member of the European Academiy of Sciences in 2014.[16] In 2014, she also became an Elected Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.[17]

Personal life

Ulrike Diebold holds dual citizenship of both Austria and the USA. She is married to Gerhard Piringer with whom she has two sons, Thomas (born 1996) and Niklas (born 1999).


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  2. "Ulrike Diebold [IAP/TU Wien]". www.iap.tuwien.ac.at. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. Surface Science Reports Editorial Board.
  4. Di Valentin, Cristiana; Diebold, Ulrike; Selloni, Annabella (2007). "Doping and functionalization of photoactive semiconducting metal oxides". Chemical Physics. 339 (1–3): vii–viii. Bibcode:2007CP....339D...7D. doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2007.09.022.
  5. D., Madsen, Lynnette (February 2016). Successful women ceramic and glass scientists and engineers : 100 inspirational profiles. Hoboken, New Jersey. ISBN 978-1118733608. OCLC 929332211.
  6. "Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Volume 22, Number 8, 3 March 2010 - IOPscience". iopscience.iop.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. "Editorial Board | npj Quantum Materials". www.nature.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  8. "Editorial Board". pubs.acs.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  9. "European Academy of Sciences - Blaise Pascal Medals 2015". www.eurasc.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  10. "Debye Lectures". Utrecht University. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. "Schrödinger Lecture Series - School of Physics - Trinity College Dublin". www.tcd.ie. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  12. "J. Heyrovsky Institut of Physical Chemistry". www.jh-inst.cas.cz. 1997. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  13. "Diebold Ulrike". www.fwf.ac.at. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  14. "Neue Mitglieder Klasse I 2016". www.leopoldina.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  15. "Mitgliederverzeichnis". www.leopoldina.org (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  16. "European Academy of Sciences - List of Members". www.eurasc.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. "ÖAW Mitglieder Detail". www.oeaw.ac.at (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2018.
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