Dieter Landolt


Education and employment history

Dieter Landolt got his Diploma in Chemical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1965. From 1966 to 1968 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as Assistant Professor. In 1972 he became Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he headed the Laboratory of Metallurgical Chemistry (Laboratoire de métallurgie chimique) until his retirement in 2003. He is Professor emeritus (professeur honoraire) at EPFL.


The main research interests of Dieter Landolt inculde fundamental aspects of corrosion and protection of metals, surface treatment and microfabrication by electrochemical processes of metal deposition and dissolution, surface analysis by spectrocopic methods and chemical effects in friction and wear (tribocorrosion). He directed some forty Ph.D. theses in these fields and and is the author or co-author of more than three hudered scientific publications and book chapters as well as of a text book on corrosion and surface chemsitry of metals.

Honors and awards

EFC medal of the European Federation of Corrosion 2005; Honorary member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) 2005; Castner Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry London 2002; AESF Scientific Achievement Award of the American Electroplater and Surface Finishers Society 2001; Cavallaro Medal of the European Federation of Corrosion 2000; Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) 1999; Grande médaille du CEFRACOR (Centre français de l'anticorrosion) 1996; Research Award of the Electrodeposition Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS)1995.

International and national responsibilities:

Chairman of International Corrosion Council (ICC) 1999 – 2002; President of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) 1987-88; General Secretary of ISE 1975-80; Chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) 1989-96, Chairman of the Working Party "Corrosion Education" of EFC, 1992-1996; Titular member of Commission on Electrochemistry of IUPAC 1984-91; Chairman of Scientific Advisory Committee of Max Planck Institute für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf 2000-2005; Head of Swiss Priority Program on Materials Research 1996-2000; Chairman of Materials Department of EPFL 1975-76 and 1988-89; Chairman of Committee of Department Chairmen (CCD) of EPFL 1993-96; member of Advisory Committee of Swiss Federal Institute of Materials Research (EMPA) 1991-2002; Board Member of Swiss Society of Surface Treatment 1982-88, member of group of experts for PNR 24: Chemistry and physics of surfaces 1988-95

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