The BERND T. MATTHIAS PRIZE, created in 1989 by friends and colleagues and originally sponsored by AT&T Bell Labs, is awarded in recognition of innovative contributions to the material aspects of superconductivity. Since 2000, the Prize has been sponsored by the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, whose founding director, Paul C. W. Chu, was Matthias’ former student. The Prize consists of 6000 USD$ and a certificate. 

The 2015 Bernd T. Matthias Prize is awarded to

Professor Xianhui Chen of the University of Science and Technology of China for his discovery of (Li,Fe)OHFe(Se,S), Ybx(Me)yHfNCl (Me= NH3 and THF), and doped phenanthrene, broadening the material base for superconducting studies.

Professor Zachary Fisk of the University of California Irvine for the discovery of UBe13, UPt3, ThCoC2 and LaRhSi3, for unraveling the roles of heavy fermions and non-centrosymmetry in superconductivity.

Professor Zhongxian Zhao of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, for the discovery of RE(O,F) and (RE)O1-xFeAs (RE = rare earth) with a Tc up to 55 K, demonstrating the limit of Tc in bulk Fe-based superconductors.

Further information in the press release from the University of Houston and Background Information

The 2015 Bernd T.Matthias Prize has been awarded at the M2S Conference in Geneva from August 23 to August 28, 2015.

From top to bottom:

prof. Xianhui Chen

prof. Zacharias Fisk

prof. Xingjiang Zhou (representing prof. Zhongxian Zhao)

Posing with prof. Chu

Prize chair and contact


Paul C.W. Chu 

Ivan Bozovic
Guy Deutscher
Hideo Hosono
Hai-Hu Wen

Texas Center for Superconductivity
University of Houston Science Center – 202 
Houston, TX 77204-5002 USA
Phone: (713) 743-8222;   Fax: (713) 743-8201      
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Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA)
Tel Aviv University (Israel)
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Nanjing University (China)



The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 2012 was awarded to co-recipients PROFESSOR DIRK JOHRENDT of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, for his role in the 2008 discovery of the BaFe2As2 and related materials that have helped further the research and unravel the physics of the novel Fe-based superconductors, and to DR. IVAN BOZOVIC of Brookhaven National Laboratory and PROFESSOR JAMES ECKSTEIN of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for their pioneering and sustained contributions to novel synthesis and engineering of superconducting materials (M2S-HTSC-X Conference in Washington, USA).

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 2009 was awarded to co-recipients PROFESSOR YOSHITERU MAENO of Kyoto University, for his 1994 discovery and subsequent purification of Sr2RuO4 that creates a unique platform for revealing decisively some unusual features of superconductivity, and PROFESSOR HIDEO HOSONO of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, for his 2008 discovery of LaO1-xFxFeAs that has heralded in the era of Fe-pnictides for the search for and the unraveling of high temperature superconductivity. The awardees delivered remarks following the Prize Ceremony on September 9, 2009 at the M2S-HTSC-IX Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 2006 was awarded to PROFESSOR DR. FRANK STEGLICH of Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, for his 1979 discovery of CeCu2Si2 and the associated novel electronic state that has inaugurated an exciting field of heavy fermion physics. Dr. Steglich delivered the Bernd T. Matthias Prize Lecture entitled “Superconductivity and Magnetism: From Antagonism to Mutual Interplay” on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the M2S-HTSC-VIII Conference, held in Dresden, Germany. 

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 2003 was awarded to PROFESSOR JUN AKIMITSU of Aoyama Gakuin University for his discoveries of novel superconducting compounds MgB2 and Bi-Sr-Cu-O; and of superconductivity Nd-Ce-Sr-Cu-O and compressed (Sr,CA)14Cu24O41, that have led to the advancement in Tc, opened up new subfields of research and offered new avenues to practical superconducting wire fabrications. Prof. Akimitsu delivered the Bernd T. Matthias Prize Lecture on Monday, May 26, 2003 at the M2S-HTSC-VII Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 2000 was awarded to PROFESSOR M. BRIAN MAPLE of The University of California at San Diego, for his pioneering contribution to the understanding of superconducting materials in general, and interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in particular. Prof. Maple delivered the Bernd T. Matthias Prize Lecture, “Three Decades of Progress on Superconductivity and Magnetism in Novel Materials” Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at the M2S-HTSC-VI Conference, held in Houston, Texas USA. 

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 1997 was awarded to co-recipients PROFESSORS BELTRAM BATLOGG (Bell Laboratories) and ROBERT J. CAVA (Princeton University) for their leading work on a variety of superconductors through the successful combination of creative materials chemistry and physics (M2S-HTSC-V Conference in Beijing, China).

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 1994 was awarded to co-recipients PROFESSORS PAUL C. W. CHU (Houston University), BERNARD RAVEAU (Université de Caen) and M. K. WU (Columbia University) for their outstanding discoveries of mixed valence copper oxides which set the stage for, and expanded the horizons of, high-Tc superconductivity (M2S-HTSC-IV Conference in Grenoble, France).

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 1991 was awarded to co-recipients PROFESSORS HIROSHI MAEDA (NRIM Tsukuba) and YOSHINORI TOKURA (Tokyo University) for their discoveries of materials which have led to the delineation of essential structural elements in the high temperature superconducting cuprates (M2S-HTSC-III Conference in Kanazawa, Japan).

The Bernd T. Matthias Prize for 1989 was awarded to PROFESSOR THEODORE H. GEBALLE (Stanford University),  at the M2S-HTSC-II Conference in Palo Alto, USA (Inaugural Prize).