Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl

Research activities – Biological Materials Science

Peter Fratzl studies the relation between (hierarchical) structure and physical properties of biological and bio-inspired composite materials. He also conducts fundamental and clinically oriented research on osteoporosis and on bone regeneration. His research interests include biomaterials systems for mechanosensing and actuation, as well as interdisciplinary research together with cultural science and design. The scientific approaches combine experimental characterization with theoretical modeling, and use techniques and methodologies mostly borrowed from physics and chemistry to address questions relevant to biology, medicine, materials science, engineering and humanities.

University education

1991                     Habilitation in Solid State Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
1983                     PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
1980                     Ingénieur Diplômé at École Polytechnique, Paris, France

Professional experience

Since 2018
Spokesperson (with W. Schäffner, C. Mareis and H. Bredekamp) of the Excellence Center “Matters of Activity”, HU Berlin

Since 2016
Spokesperson (with W. Schäffner and H. Bredekamp), of the Excellence Center  “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” (EXC 1027), HU Berlin

Vice-Chair and Chair (2017-2020) of the Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section of the Max Planck Society

Spokesperson of the DFG Priority Programme SPP1420: “Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials”

Acting Director, MPI of Microstructure Physics, Halle (Saale)

Since 2009
Honorary Professor of Biomaterials Physics , University of Potsdam

Since 2007
PI and Member of the Steering Board, Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies (BSRT)

Since 2004
Honorary Professor of Physics, HU Berlin

Since 2003
Director, MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Potsdam

Chair of Metal Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria & Director of the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Visiting Research Fellow at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK

Since 1993
Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Osteology, Vienna, Austria

Assistant and Associate Professor, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Vienna, Austria

Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna and at "Laboratoire Leon Brillouin" in Saclay, France; Visiting Research Fellow at Hahn-Meitner-Institut in Berlin and at New York University

Other experience

Member of Scientific Boards: Institute of Science and Technology Austria; Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques (HZK), HU Berlin; Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge/ MA, USA; Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden; B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering Dresden; MIT Visiting Committee in Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA.

Member of Editorial Advisory Boards of several scientific journals

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