Klaus Müllen Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Klaus Müllen Awarded Honorary Doctorate

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Klaus Müllen, Professor Emeritus Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, is awarded an honorary doctorate by Strasbourg University, France. The title Doctor honoris causa is the university’s highest honor and was created in 1918 to honor foreign personalities who highlight and reflect the values of the university through their contribution to the world of ideas, culture, art, and science.

Müllen is described as a pioneer in his field of research. His contribution to contemporary chemistry is considerable and unmatched. In particular, his research revolutionized the concept of the relationship between structure and properties in materials chemistry through the synthesis of (macro) molecules that were previously inaccessible. These new structures have led to important advances in molecular electronics and biomedical research.

Klaus Müllen’s research interests include graphenes and carbon materials, new polymer-forming reactions, multi-dimensional polymers with complex shape-persistent architectures, functional polymeric networks, dyes and pigments, molecular materials with liquid crystalline properties for electronic and optoelectronic devices, biosynthetic hybrids, and nanocomposites.

Klaus Müllen was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1947. He studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1971. After postdoctoral research and his habilitation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Klaus Müllen joined the University of Cologne as Professor in 1979 and moved to the University of Mainz in 1984. From 1989 to 2016, he was Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

Klaus Müllen is a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) in 2008 and 2009. He is a Member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards of several scientific journals, including Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Among many other honors, Müllen received the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2011, the Adolf von Baeyer Medal from the GDCh in 2013, the Hermann Staudinger Prize from the GDCh in 2016, the Karl-Ziegler-Award of the GDCh and the Cothenius Medal of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2019, and several honorary doctorates.

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