Curriculum vitae



Diploma thesis in the groups of  Prof. Dr. M. Hartmann (FSU Jena) and Prof. Dr. B. Philipp (Institute for Polymer Chemistry Teltow-Seehof)


PhD thesis in the group of  Prof. Dr. D. Klemm entitled "Spherical carrier materials based on carboxyl group containing cellulose derivatives – Preparation, characterization, application". Grade "magna cum laude"


Scientific assistant at the Institute for Organisc Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, FSU Jena, Research in the field of polysaccharide chemistry


Research stay in the group of  Prof. H. Berghmans (Institute for Polymer Chemistry, Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) in the field of "Investigations of the thermal behavior of biopolymers" (funded by EU)


State doctorate (Habilitand) at the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, FSU Jena, Studies of structure-property relationships of functional polymers based on polysaccharides


Habilitation thesis (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) entitled "Ionic functional polymers from cellulose: New synthesis concepts, structure analysis and properties"


License to teach (Venia Legendi) und appointment to associate professor (Privatdozent)


Appointment to assistant professor (Oberassistent)


Appointment to professor for organic and macromolecular chemistry, University of Wuppertal


Appointment to professor for organic chemistry, Head of the Center of Excellence for Polysaccharide Research, FSU Jena


Head of the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry


Vice chairman of the expert committee "Cellulose and cellulose derivatives", ZELLCMEMING association

seit 02/2006

Vice chairman of the research association "Materials from Renewable Ressources"

10/2006 - 10/2017

Chairman of the expert committee "Cellulose and Cellulos Derivatives" of the ZELLCMEMING association

01/2010-12/2014 Finish Distinguish Professor at Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland External link
06/2017 Guest professorship at the University of Natural Ressources and Life Scuiences, Vienna, Austria
seit 07/2020 Head of the scientific advisory council of the Thuringian Institute for Textiles and Plastics Research, Rudolstadt, Germany

Awards and honors

EPNOE Science Award (2021)
Corresponding member of the Slovenia Academy (Slovenian Academy of Engineering, 2019)
Thuringian Research Prize for Applied Research (2014)
Dr.-Edmund-Thiele-Commemorative coin, ZELLCHEMING association (2012)
Anselme Payen Award, American Chemical Society, Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division (2011)
Habilitation award, Macromolecular chemistry, GDCh (1997)
Dissertation award, FSU Jena (1990)