The Hermann Staudinger Prize 2016 has been awarded to Professor Klaus Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). The prize was presented at the biennial meeting of the GDCh’s Division of Macromolecular Chemistry in Halle, Germany, on September 11, 2016.
The award honors outstanding contributions to polymer chemistry. Müllen receives it for his work on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and on 2D macromolecules for electronic components, as well as his dedication to macromolecular chemistry.
Klaus Müllen studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany, 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, Müllen joined the University of Cologne as Professor in 1979 and moved to the University of Mainz in 1984. Since 1989, he is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
His 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.
Among many other honors, Müllen has received the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 2011, the Adolf von Baeyer Medal from the GDCh in 2013, the van’t Hoff Award from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in 2015, and several honorary doctorates.
Müllen is a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as President of the German Chemical Society in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, he is a Member of the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals, including Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry Letters, and BioNanoMaterials. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Polymer Bulletin and as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
- Fused Dibenzo[a,m]rubicene: A New Bowl-Shaped Subunit of C70 Containing Two Pentagons,
Junzhi Liu, Silvio Osella, Ji Ma, Reinhard Berger, David Beljonne, Dieter Schollmeyer, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8364–8367.
- A fishing rod-like conjugated polymer bearing pillararenes,
Yingjie Ma, Long Chen, Chen Li, Klaus Müllen,
Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 6662–6664.
- Manifestations of Non-Planar Adsorption Geometries of Lead Pyrenocyanine at the Liquid-Solid Interface,
Kunal S. Mali, Lukas Zöphel, Oleksandr Ivasenko, Klaus Müllen, Steven De Feyter,
Chem. Asian J. 2013, 8, 2497–2505.
- Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Graphitic Arrays with High Electrocatalytic Activity for Oxygen Reduction,
Ruili Liu, Dongqing Wu, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 2565–2569.
- Atomically precise bottom-up fabrication of graphene nanoribbons,
Jinming Cai, Pascal Ruffieux, Rached Jaafar, Marco Bieri, Thomas Braun, Stephan Blankenburg, Matthias Muoth, Ari P. Seitsonen, Moussa Saleh, Xinliang Feng, Klaus Müllen, Roman Fasel,
Nature 2010, 466, 470–473.
- Large single-molecule fluorescence enhancements produced by a bowtie nanoantenna,
Anika Kinkhabwala, Zongfu Yu, Shanhui Fan, Yuri Avlasevich, Klaus Müllen, W. E. Moerner,
Nat. Photonics 2009, 3, 654–657.
- Transparent, Conductive Graphene Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells,
Xuan Wang, Linjie Zhi, Klaus Müllen,
Nano Lett. 2008, 8, 323–327.
Also of Interest
- Storing Lithium in Nanostructured Spheres,
Manganese oxide/carbon hybrid spheres promising for lithium batteries
- Toroidal Macrocycles with Varying Guests,
ChemViews Mag. 2015.
First study of a torand’s liquid crystallinity and self-assembly on surfaces
- Chemistry in a Materials World,
ChemView Mag. 2015.
Chemists need to play an active part in the synthesis of materials
- Towards Carbon Nanobelts,
Synthesis of π-extended cycloparaphenylene (CPP) derivatives from a kinked triangular macrocycle
- 50th Anniversary: Hermann Staudinger’s Death,
ChemViews Mag. 2015.
Nobel Laureate Staudinger was the father of polymer chemistry and discovered the ketenes
- 10 Years Ago And Now: Klaus Müllen,
ChemViews Mag. 2014.
Chemistry – An Asian Journal speaks with Klaus Müllen about 10 years ago and now
- Müllen Awarded the Adolf von Baeyer Medal,
ChemViews Mag. 2013.
The Adolf von Baeyer Medal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) has been presented to Professor Klaus Müllen