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Hans-Werner Schmidt: Curriculum Vitae

Professor Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt
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University Professor (W3)
Macromolecular Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth
95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Phone: +49-921/55-3200, fax: +49-921/55-3206
Email: hans-werner.schmidt@uni-bayreuth.de
www: http://www.macro1.de
since 1994 Full Professor (W3), Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry I
University of Bayreuth
since 2013 Director of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School
since 2004 Spokesman of the Elite Study Program in Macromolecular Science
within the Elite Network of Bavaria
since 2016 Director of the Bavarian Polymer Institute
a joint research facility of the University Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Würzburg.
since 2015 Chairman of the Focus Area Polymer and Colloidal Science
at the University of Bayreuth
since 2000 Founding member of the Bayreuth Center for Colloids and Interfaces
(BZKG) a central scientific institution of the University of Bayreuth
2002 - 2017 Director of the Bayreuth Institute of Macromolecular Research (BIMF)
a central scientific institution of the University of Bayreuth
2009 - 2015 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"
1997 - 1998 Vice President of the University of Bayreuth
Teaching and Academic Affairs
Jan. - April
Visiting Professor at the Institute Charles Sadron (CNRS)
Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg
1989 - 1994 Assistant and Associate (tenure) 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
, Advisor: Professor Helmut Ringsdorf
July - Sept.
University of Lowell, Massachusetts (UMass Lowell)
Professor A. Blumstein and Professor R. Blumstein
1982 Postgraduate Certificate in Chemistry (ÑDiplomì)
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
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

(by years)

  • Member Board of Trustees, Bayern Innovativ GmbH (since 2015)
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board DWI-Leibniz-Institut für
    Interaktive Materialien e.V. an der RWTH Aachen
    (since 2009)
  • Member Governing Board, Bavarian Research Foundation (since 2007)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Aboard the Trade Fair K, Dusseldorf (since 2013)
  • Member Advisory Board of Chemie Cluster Bavaria (since 2006)
  • Member, “Arbeitskreis Innovation“, Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Regional Association Bavaria (since 2006)
  • Liaison Lecturer, Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft at the University of Bayreuth (since 2001)
  • Liaison Lecturer, Fonds der Chemischen Industrie at the University of Bayreuth (since 1999)
  • Liaison lecturer, German Academic Scholarship Foundation at the University of Bayreuth (since 1996,
    heading 2003 - 2009)
  • Liaison lecturer of the Bavarian EliteAcademy (since 1998)
  • Member of Senate, University of Bayreuth (1998 – 1999 and 2007 – 2009 and since 2015 as Director of the
    University of Bayreuth Graduate School)
  • Member of Department Executive Committee, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science
    at the University of Bayreuth
    (1995 - 1997)
  • Speaker, Science Section Chemistry (1996 - 1997)
  • Member Executive Board, Science Section Macromolecular Chemistry (2001 - 2009)
  • Member Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Polymeric Materials (since 2000)

(including jointly organized conferences)

  • Polymer Discussion Meeting 2012 - “Challenges and Prospects of Polymer Chemistry”
  • 1. Bonner Humboldt-Preisträger-Forum - “Frontiers in Macromolecular Science” (2011)
  • Bayreuth Polymer Symposium (BPS) - “International Symposium on Functional and Structural Polymeric Materials”
    (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)
  • Light-Harvesting Processes - “An Interdisciplinary Conference on Novel Concepts of
    Light-Harvesting Phenomena and Related Topics” (2011, 2009, 2007)
  • Member of Program Committee of the Division of Polymer Chemistry, American Chemical Society (1989 -1999)
  • Organization of ACS-Symposium, Division of Polymer Chemistry - "Liquid Crystalline Polymers" (1996)
    "Macroscopic Order in Polymeric Systems"(1993), "Rigid Rod and Ordered Networks" (1993)
    • Functional polymers with applications in optics, display technology, information storage and

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.

    • Combinatorial chemistry and methodology in materials science

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.


(September 2017)

Publications in refereed journals: 250
ORCID: 0000-0002-1761-1153
Patents and Patent Applications: 46

(you will find a full list of publications here: www.macro1.de)

(a complete list of all patents and patent applications is here: Patents) 

1. C.S. Zehe, J.A. Hill, N.P. Funnell, K. Kreger, K.P. van der Zwan, A.L. Goodwin, H.-W. Schmidt, J. Senker
  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 4432-4437 (2017)
  Mesoscale Polarization by Geometric Frustration in Columnar Supramolecular Crystals
2. N. Helfricht, A. Mark, M. Behr, A. Bernet, H.-W. Schmidt, G. Papastavrou
  Small 13, 1700962 (2017)
  Writing with Fluid: Structuring Hydrogels with Micrometer Precision by AFM in Combination with Nanofluidics
3. A. T. Haedler, S. C. J. Meskers, R. H. Zha, M. Kivala, H.-W. Schmidt, E. W. Meijer
  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 10539-10545 (2016)
  Pathway complexity in the enantioselective self-assembly of functional carbonyl-bridged triarylamine trisamides
4. C. Probst, C. Meichner, K. Kreger, L. Kador, C. Neuber, H.-W. Schmidt
  Adv. Mater. 28, 2624-2628 (2016)
  Athermal azobenzene-based nanoimprint lithography
5. D. Weiss, D. Skrybeck, H. Misslitz, D. Nardini, A. Kern, K. Kreger, H.-W. Schmidt
  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 14885-14892 (2016)
  Tailoring Supramolecular Nanofibers for Air Filtration Applications
6. A. T. Haedler, K. Kreger, A. Issac, B. Wittmann, M. Kivala, N. Hammer, J. Köhler, H.-W. Schmidt, R. Hildner
  Nature 523, 196-199 (2015)
  Long-range energy transport in single supramolecular nanofibres at room temperature
7. R. Q. Albuquerque, A. Timme, R. Kress, J. Senker, H.-W. Schmidt
  Chem. Eur. J. 19, 1647-1657 (2013)
  Theoretical investigation of macrodipoles in supramolecular columnar stackings
8. K. Kreger, P. Wolfer, H. Audorff, L. Kador, N. Stingelin-Stutzmann, P. Smith, H.-W. Schmid
  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 509-516 (2010)
  Stable holographic gratings with small-molecular trisazobenzene derivatives
9. M. Häckel, L. Kador, D. Kropp, H.-W. Schmidt
  Adv. Mater. 19, 227-231 (2007)
  Polymer blends with azobenzene-containing block copolymers as stable rewritable volume holographic media
10. M. Blomenhofer, S. Ganzleben, D. Hanft, H.-W. Schmidt, M. Kristiansen, P. Smith, K. Stoll, D. Mäder, K. Hoffmann
  Macromolecules 3688-3695 (2005)
  "Designer" nucleating agents for polypropylene
1. Thermoplastic moulding compound based on vinylaromatic copolymers for 3d printing
  Baumann, Stephanie; Eisentraeger, Frank; Meiners, Josef; Niessner, Norbert; Schmidt, Hans-Werner
  PCT Int. Appl. (2017), WO 2017158075 A1 20170921
2. Thermally conductive polymer resin composition based on styrenics with low density
  Schulz, Tobias; Niessner, Norbert; Michels, Gisbert; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Kolb, Tristan
  PCT Int. Appl. (2017), WO 2017060344 A1 20170413
3. Polyethylene compositions with improved optical properties
  Hill, Martin; Bensason, Selim; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Smith, Paul; Aksel, Seda
  PCT Int. Appl. (2016), WO 2016105610 A1 20160630
4. Polyamide molding compositions comprising novel urea compounds for improved optical properties
  Gabriel, Claus; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Richter, Florian; Park, Hye Jin; Xalter, Rainer
  PCT Int. Appl. (2013), WO 2013139802 A1 20130926 / U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2013), US 20130251929 A1 20130926
5. PEG-based embedding medium for histology
  Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Bernet, Andreas
  Ger. Offen. (2011), DE 102009035019 A1 20110210 / PCT Int. Appl. (2011), WO 2011012337 A1 20110203
6. Additives to improve the electret behavior of polycarbonates
  Jenninger, Werner; Wagner, Joachim; Schmidt, Hans-Werner.; Erhard, Dominik.
  Eur. Pat. Appl. (2010), EP 2159222 A1 20100303
7. Polymer networks comprising active ingredients, process for their production, and their use
  Terrenoire, Alexandre; Leininger, Hartmut; Bullock, James; Qureshi, Mohammed Shoaib; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Giesa, Reiner; Ranft, Meik; Lafuente Cerda, Oscar
  PCT Int. Appl. (2009), WO 2009016112 A2 20090205
8. Hybrid solar cells with thermal deposited semiconductive oxide layer
  Terrenoire, Alexandre; Leininger, Hartmut; Bullock, James; Qureshi, Mohammed Shoaib; Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Giesa, Reiner; Ranft, Meik; Lafuente Cerda, Oscar
  PCT Int. Appl. (2009), WO 2009016112 A2 20090205
9. Resin compositions with reduced haze containing amide compounds as nucleating agents
  Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Blomenhofer, Markus; Stoll, Klaus; Meier, Hans-Rudolf
  PCT Int. Appl. (2004), WO 2004072168 A2 20040826
10. Polypropylene resin compositions, trimesic acid derivatives and their preparation
  Schmidt, Hans-Werner; Smith, Paul; Blomenhofer, Markus
  PCT Int. Appl. (2002), WO 2002046300 A2 20020613


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