The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh; German Chemical Society) awarded the Adolf von Baeyer Medal to Professor Klaus Müllen, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. This prize was presented at the Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2013 in Darmstadt, on September 1, 2013.
Müllen was recognized for his contributions to the field of organic electronic materials, including nanographene and two-dimensional π-conjugated oligomers.
Müllen earned his Diploma in 1969 from the University of Cologne, Germany, and in 1972 he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He pursued postdoctoral research at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, from 1972, and in 1977 completed his habilitation there. In 1979, he became a professor of Organic Chemistry in Cologne, and in 1983 he accepted a Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of Mainz, Germany. He was made Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz in 1989. Along with an honorary professorship at the University of Mainz, he has held an honorary professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2006.
His research interests focus on synthetic macromolecular chemistry and materials science.
Selected publications by Müllen:
- Energy Transfer at the Single-Molecule Level: Synthesis of a Donor–Acceptor Dyad from Perylene and Terrylene Diimides,
Ha Na Kim, Larissa Puhl, Fabian Nolde, Chen Li, Long Chen, Thomas Basché, Klaus Müllen,
Chem. Eur. J. 2013,19, 9160–9166.
- Bioinspired Wafer-Scale Production of Highly Stretchable Carbon Films for Transparent Conductive Electrodes,
Rongjin Li, Khaled Parvez, Felix Hinkel, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 5535–5538.