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Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Helmuth Möhwald, Director (em.)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1971: Diploma in Physics, (University Göttingen)
    Thesis: Measurements of the absolute polarization of optical transitions with molecules and molecular complexes in liquid-crystalline solvents
  • 1974: PhD in Physics, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen (Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Institute)
    Thesis: Localised and delocalised triplet states in single crystals of electron donor acceptor complexes: ESR and emission spectroscopic investigations between 4K and 300K
  • 1974-1975: Postdoc, (IBM San Jose)
  • 1978: Habilitation in Physics, (University of Ulm)
    Thesis: Transport properties and phase transition in crystals of organic charge-transfer complexes
  • 1978-1981: Scientific Co-Worker, (Dornier-System, Friedrichshafen)
  • 1981-1987: Associate Professor (C3) in Experimental Physics (Biophysics), (TU München)
  • 1987-1993: Chair (C4) in Physical Chemistry, (University of Mainz)
  • 1993-2014: Director and Scientific Member, (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam)
  • Since 1995: Honorary Professor, (University of Potsdam)
  • Since 2013:  Associate Editor ACS Nano
  • Since 2014: Director (em.) and Consultant with Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Department of Biomaterials)
  • Since 2014: Consultant with CEA Marcoule

Guest Professor

  • 1983: University Pennsylvania
  • 2000: Chaire de Paris
  • 2001-2002: Max Varon Visiting Professorship, Weizmann Institut, Rehovot
  • 2001: Zheijang University, Hangzhou
  • 2004: Fudan University, Shanghai
  • 2006: Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Chemistry)
  • 2011: Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin
  • 2011: Soochow University, Suzhou
  • 2014: Honorary Professor, Chinese Acad.Sci(Inst Process Engin.)
  • 2015: Southeast University, Nanjing
  • 2016: Univ.of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu

Awards

  • 1979: Physics Award of the German Physical Society
  • 1998: Raphael-Eduard-Liesegang Award of the German Colloid Society
  • 2000: Chaire de Paris
  • 2000: Vannegard Lecture, Gothenburg
  • 2002: Lectureship Award of the Japanese Colloid Society, Sendai
  • 2002: Founder’s Lecture, London
  • 2002: Eli Burstein Lecture, Philadelphia
  • 2004: Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006: Honorary Professor at the the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Chemistry)
  • 2007: Prix-Gay-Lussac, French Ministry of Research and Technology in collaboration with the Alexander Humboldt Foundation
  • 2007: Highly Cited Chemist according to ISI
  • 2007: Overbeek Medal of the European Colloid and Interface Society
  • 2008: Honorary Doctorate of the University Montpellier, France
  • 2009: Wolfgang Ostwald Price of the German Colloid Society
  • 2010: BP Visiting Lecturer 2010, Cambridge Univ.,UK
  • 2012: Member of the Academy of Europe
  • 2014: Langmuir Lectureship Award of the American Chemical Society
  • 2014: Elyuhar-Goldschmidt Award of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society
  • 2014: Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Process Engineering)
  • 2017: “Distinguished Scientist” Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2018: IACIS Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

ISI Publication Record (January 2015)

  • Publications: According to WoS (Core) ( January 1, 2017) >1000 Publications
  • Citations about 60.000
  • h-index: 119, "Highly Cited Scientist"

Function in Societies

  • Since 1986: Board of the German Colloid Society
  • 1996-1998: Board of the German Physical Society
  • 1996-1998: Speaker of the Professional Association “Chemical Physics” of the German Physical Society
  • 2002/2003: President of the European Colloid and Interfaces Society
  • 2003-2007: President of the German Colloid Society

Scientific Advisory Boards

  • 1997-2000: Scientific Advisory Board of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • 2002-2007: Scientific Advisory Board of the Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin
  • 2005-2007: Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin
  • 2004-2011: Scientific Advisory Board and Jury of the Austrian Nano Initiative
  • Since 2005: Bayreuth Center for Colloids and Interfaces
  • Since 2005: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Potsdam
  • Since 2008: Biofibre Materials Research Center, Stockholm
  • Since 2008: International Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry, Strasbourg, F
  • 2008-2012: Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Biophysics of the Austrian Acad. Sci., Graz, Au
  • 2008-2010: Adolphe Merkle Institute, Université de Fribourg (CH)
  • Since 2010: Scientific Advisory Board - Materials Science at Gothenborg
  • Since 2012: Scientific Advisory Board "Pôle Chimie Balard", Université de Montpellier
  • 2014: Chair of the Natural Science Evaluation Panel for Linnaeus Centers of the Swedish Research Council

Research Interests

Biomimetic Systems

  • Structure of Complex Interfaces
    (amphiphiles, peptides, proteins, polymers, clusters, particles
  • Polymer (protein)/Lipid Interactions
  • Processes at Surfaces of Model Membranes

Chemistry and Physics in Confined Space

  • Structure Transitions
    (phase transitions and separations, crystallization and growth, swelling)
  • Encapsulation and Release
  • Sonochemistry

Dynamics at Interfaces

  • Molecular Motion
    (translational, rotational)
  • Electron/Energy Transfer
  • Molecular Exchange
 
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