Franz Faupel received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Göttingen in 1985. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Research Center Yorktown Heights and got his habilitation in 1992. Since 1994, he holds the Chair for Multicomponent Materials at Kiel University. He is Chairman of the North German Initiative Nanotechnology and has served on various editorial boards including Journal of Materials Research, SN Applied Sciences, Materials, Applied Physics Letters, and Journal of Applied Physics. He published more than 400 scientific papers, has an h index of 63, and got more than 16000 citations according to Google Scholar. His research interests include functional nanocomposites, magnetoelectric sensors, photocatalysis, plasma deposition, and memristive devices for bioinspired neuromorphic computing.