1986 - 1989 Research and Teaching Associate (C1) Philipps-University Marburg, Physical Chemistry Department, Marburg, Germany
1985 - 1986 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Inc.) Experimental Station CR&DD, Wilmington, Delaware, USA Research Area: „Novel Approaches to Aramide Films, Fibers and Coatings“
1982 - 1985 Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany Topic: „Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Dye-Containing Liquid Crystalline Copolymers“, Advisor: Professor Helmut Ringsdorf
1983 University of Lowell, Massachusetts July - Sept. Professor A. Blumstein and Professor R. Blumstein
1982 Postgraduate Certificate in Chemistry („Diplom“) Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany Topic: „Phase Behavior and Electric Field Effects of Mixtures of Low Molecular Mass and Polymeric Liquid Crystals“, Advisor: Professor Helmut Ringsdorf
1980 Exchange Student in Polymer Chemistry Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland
1976 - 1982 Academic studies in chemistry Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
Awards and fellowships
2010 Staudinger-Durrer Medal Department of Materials, ETH Zurich
1991 Polymer Curriculum Development Award, American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials "Experimental Polymer Materials Science” (with Paul Smith)
1986 Du Pont Accomplishment Award in Recognition of the Discovery of a Novel Solution Route to Kevlar, Films, Fibers and Coatings
1982 - 1984 Award of the German Chemical Industry Fund Ph.D. Fellowship
1980 Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Exchange Student at ETH Zurich
Functional polymers with applications in optics, display technology, information storage and photovoltaics
The rapid progress in the field of communication and storage technology requires the development of special polymers with specific property combinations. Therefore important topics are the synthesis, characterization and application of: charge transfer and emitting materials for organic light-emitting diodes, materials for charge separation for the application in organic solar cells, supramolecular dyes, polymers for data storage, photo addressable polymers, polymer electret materials and new materials for high-resolution photolithography.
The property profile and processing of polymers are decisively influenced by additives as generally polymers are not fully operational without additives. We are dealing with the production of nucleating agents and processing aids for technical thermoplastic resins and the controlled release of active components from polymers. To achieve the desired functions we are using as well in this area concepts of supramolecular chemistry and liquid crystal research.
Kombinatorische Chemie und Methodik in den Materialwissenschaften
The combinatorial chemistry and methodology is an efficient strategy to rapidly advance device superstructures, material combinations and developments under comparable conditions. In this context we analyze the application of combinatorial methodology for the assembly of organic light-emitting diodes, solar cells and for the optimization of complex additive combinations and formulations.
Polymers in the field of biopolymers and cosmetics
Bio-relevant macromolecular systems earn an increasing significance. Therefore we are working on synthetic lipids with polyethylene glycol segments containing specific identification groups for the interaction with natural proteins. Such bioconjugates apply e.g. in non-viral Gene Therapy. In the field of cosmetics we are synthesizing low molecular and polymer gelation agents which are suitable for cosmetic applications.
Polymer processing and test specimen fabrication
A dedicated laboratory for Polymer processing and test specimen fabrication, where small amounts of polymer are processed into test specimens, fibers, films and coatings is affiliated to the department.