R. Zsigmondy Medal

Since 2001 the Faculty of Technical Chemistry distingisiuhes special merits with the Richard Zsimgondy Medal. These special merits can be scientific, strategic or institutional in nature. The award is named after the Nobel Prize laureate Richard Zsigmondy, who studied at the TU Wien (then "Imperial and Royal Polytechnic Institute") from 1883 to 1885. Zsigmondy developed an ultramicroscope and researched colloids - tiny particles finely distributed in a medium. Milk is an example of a colloid system: its white color originates in light scattering off tiny droplets of fat in water. Therefore Zsigmondy was one of the first "nanotechnologists". With the help of his research, he was able to create new types of colored glass. In 1925 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his colloid research.