Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt

University of Bayreuth | Macromolecular Chemistry I

Education an professional employment

  • since 1994
    Full Professor (W3), Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry I University of Bayreuth
  • since 2009
    Vice President of the University of Bayreuth Research and Technology Transfer
  • 1998 - 2010
    Chairman of the Collaborative Research Center 481 German Research Foundation „Complex macromolecular and hybrid systems in internal and external fields“
  • since 2002
    Director of the Bayreuth Institute of Macromolecular Research (BIMF) a central scientific institution of the University of Bayreuth
  • since 2004
    Spokesman of the Elite Study Program in Macromolecular Science within the Elite Network of Bavaria
  • since 2000
    Founding member of the Bayreuth Center for Colloids and Interfaces (BZKG)
  • 1997 - 1998
    Vice President of the University of Bayreuth Teaching and Academic Affairs
  • 1993
    Visiting Professor at the Institute Charles Sadron (CNRS) Jan. - April Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg
  • 1989 - 1994
    Assistant and Associate (tenured) Professor of Materials Materials Department, University of California at Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • 1989
    Professoral thesis („Habilitation“) - Macromolecular Chemistry Philipps-University Marburg, Physical Chemistry Department, Marburg, Germany Topic: „Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Rod-like Aromatic Polycondensates“
  • 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.

Polymer additives

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.