60th Birthday: Bernhard Blümich

60th Birthday: Bernhard Blümich

Author: ChemViews

On November 3rd, Bernhard Blümich celebrates his 60th birthday. Blümich is Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, and a well-respected chemist in the field of NMR spectroscopy of materials.

Bernhard Blümich gained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1981. He spent a year as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, before joining the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as a staff scientist working on macromolecular chemistry. From 1984–1992, Blümich was a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, during which time he completed his Habilitation in physical chemistry. He took up his current position at the RWTH Aachen in 1993.

Blümich’s research focuses on the use of solid-state NMR spectroscopy for determining the structure of, and molecular interactions with, materials such as naphtha reforming catalysts, nylon carpet tiles, block copolymers, ionic liquids, and nanocomposites. He also develops portable NMR equipment for bench-top analysis, including the NMR-MOUSE which has been used to analyze paintings, rubber tires, and archeological specimens.

Blümich serves on the International Advisory Board for Macromolecular Materials and Engineering and is on the Editorial Board for Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A.

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