|Awards||Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, van't Hoff Prize|
|Institutions||Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and EPFL|
|Doctoral students||Magalí Lingenfelder|
He became professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1991.
Through his research and publications, Kern has pioneered the bottom-up fabrication and characterization of nanostructures all the way down to molecular and atomic length scales.
He and his group have developed novel methods to control atomic and molecular interactions at surfaces which have provided the unique ability to engineer atomic and molecular architectures of well-defined size, shape, composition and functionality.
In 2008, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. As of 2021[update], his h-index is 124 according to Google Scholar.
- Max Planck Society (2022-01-31). "Subfemtosecond imaging of quantum electronic coherences in molecules". phys.org. Retrieved 2022-07-16.
By cleverly combining established techniques of tunneling microscopy and laser spectroscopy, a team led by Klaus Kern, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, has now overcome these obstacles. Using their atomic quantum microscope, they can make the movement of electrons in individual molecules visible.
- Klaus Kern publications indexed by Google Scholar