Franz Faupel received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Göttingen in 1985. He was 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. Faupel 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. Faupel published more than 300 papers (h = 51, Google Scholar, 1/2019). His research interests include functional nanocomposites, magnetoelectric sensors, and plasma deposition.