curriculum vitae

Kiss, János, PhD, D.Sc.



Izsák, Hungary, 16 September, 1947


Family status:

married (wife: Deér, Aranka, PhD, biochemist)

3 children: Márta (1975), Eszter (1976), András (1985)



Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, MTA-SZTE Reaction Kinetics and Surface Chemistry Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Rerrich Béla square 1

Phone: 00-36-62-544-803



Professional data:

High school graduation: Piarist Grammer School, Kecskemét, 1966

Chemist, M.Sc.: József Attila University, Szeged, 1967-1972

PhD: József Attila University, Szeged, 1972-1976

Candidate of Science: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1985

D.Sc: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1993

Dr. habil.: University of Szeged, 1997



1972-1976: assistant

1976-1985: postdoc, scientific researcher

1985-1994: senior scientist

1994-         : scientific advisor, professor

2017-         : Emeritus researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor



Alexander von Humboldt fellow, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Hamburg with Prof. F. Steinbach, 1982-1983.

Visiting researcher: Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin with Prof. J. M. White, 1990-1992 (26 months).

Visiting professor: University of Texas, Austin, 1996 (3 months), 2000.

Visiting professor (Senior Humboldt Fellow): Institute of Physical Chemistry Erlangen, Nürnberg, 2010-2011 (3 months).

Visiting professor: Institute of Physical Chemistry Erlangen, Nürnberg, 2015 (1 month).


Teaching activity:

Electron spectroscopy in surface science and catalysis

Surface photochemistry

Solid state chemistry, catalysis


Scientific Awards:

Academic Prize for young scientist 1991 (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Academic Prize 2001 (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


Research interest:

surface science, nanosciences, solid-gas interactions and dynamics, photo-induced surface processes, characterization of adsorbed species and surface intermediates, catalysis, electron-, ion- and photoelectron spectroscopy (Auger, XPS, UPS, ELS, LEIS) and infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS)



He has 178 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Citations are more than 4400. Hirsch-index: 42. He has 160 contributions at national and international conferences.

From 2001 to 2009 he is the leader of the Reaction Kinetics Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the University of Szeged.

1998-2014 Member of the Council of the Faculty of Science and Informatics

2001-2008 Member of the Council the MTA Subsidized Research Group

2011-2012 Guest Editor of Catalysis Today

2012- Editorial Member of the Int. Journal of Sensors and Sensors Networks

2020- Editorial Member of Catalysts

2012-2015 Leader of Research Group Linkage Programme of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2013- Editorial Board Member in Science Publishing Group System

2016- Deputy Secretary of Hungarian Humboldt Association

2017-head of ECOSS-33 Scientific Program Office

2017-2018 Guest Editor of Topics in Catalysis

2018-2021 Guest Editor of Catalysts

2020- Member of Program Committee of ECOSS-35

Supervised 20 graduated students

Supervised 9 PhD students.


Language skills:

English, German, Hungarian.



Member of Hungarian Chemical Society.

Member of Loránd Eötvös Physical Society.

Member of American Chemical Society.

Member of Catalysis working committee of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Member of working committee of Surface and Nanochemistry of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2019- president).

International Union Vacuum Society (IUVSTA) National Committee (2000-2006), president of the Surface Science national division (2019-).

Member of working committee of Material Science of Academy Comm. in Szeged.

Member of Batthyány Society of Professors.

Member of Dugonics Community (2020-).

Founding member of Chemistry Doctoral School of the University of Szeged.

Management Committee Member of COST-CM1300 (2013-2017).