Prof. Dr. Hermann Gies headed the Department of Mineralogy, in particular Crystallography, at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 1989 to February 2018.

The German Society for Crystallography (DGK) presented on 05 March 2018 at its annual meeting in Essen Prof. Dr. Hermann Gies awarded with the Will-Kleber-Gedenkmünze. The company honors the outstanding research work of Hermann Gies in the field of synthesis and structural analysis of porous silicates. Not only has more than 190 publications emerged from this research, but also more than 20 patents and patent applications for the use of such materials, in close collaboration with industry partners, in catalysis.