University of Stuttgart- BW, Germany

Title: Highlights in high-performance carbon, ceramic and cellulosic fibers

Symposium: Textiles and Fibres

Prof. Dr. Michael R. Buchmeiser
Lehrstuhl für Makromolekulare Stoffe und Faserchemie Institut für Polymerchemie, Universität Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70550 Stuttgart
Direktor, Institut für Textilchemie und Chemiefasern (ITCF)
Körschtalstr. 26, D-73770 Denkendorf
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Michael R. Buchmeiser was born in Linz, Austria.  He received his Ph. D. in Organometallic Chemistry in 1993 from the University of Innsbruck, Austria (Prof. Dr. H. Schottenberger). He was awarded an “Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship” and spent one year at the MIT within the group of Prof. Richard R. Schrock (Chemistry Nobel Prize 2005). In 1998, he finished his “Habilitation” in Macromolecular Chemistry (University of Innsbruck) were he then held a Faculty Position as Associate Professor from 1998-2004. From 2000-2001, he was Visiting Professor at the Graz University of Technology, Austria. In 2004 he accepted a Faculty Position (C-4 Professor) at the University of Leipzig, Germany. In addition, from 2005-2009, he served as Vice Director and Member of Board at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM), Leipzig, Germany. He was offered Faculty Positions (Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry) from the University of Halle (Germany) in 2004, from the University of Leoben (Austria) in 2005, from the TU Dresden in 2007, and from the Saarland University in combination with the position of the Scientific Director of the Leibniz-Institute of New Materials (INM, 2012), which he all declined. In December 2009, he took over a Faculty Position (Full Professor) at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) as well as the position of the Director of the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF) Denkendorf. His research interests are located in the area of polymer synthesis, particularly polymerization catalysis, the synthesis of functional polymeric materials, e.g., for heterogeneous catalysis, separation science, polymers for batteries or for fiber-matrix composites as well as in the manufacturing of high-performance fibers, in particular of carbon and ceramic fibers. In addition, he is also interested in aspects of reaction engineering for both metal-catalyzed heterogeneous and biocatalysis. So far, he has published more than 300 research papers and has filed approx. 25 patents. For his scientific work, he received the “Professor Ernst Brandl Research Award 1998”, the “START Award-2001” the “Novartis Award 2001” as well as the “Otto-Roelen Medal of the German Catalytic Society”.