Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl

Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam

Personal Statement

"Nature has evolved materials with a broad range of functionality based on a rather small selection of base substances (polymers and minerals) by adapting internal structure rather than by widely varying the chemical composition. This provides inspiration for more sustainable strategies for manufacturing active and adaptive materials."

Work experience

2016 – Co-Spokesperson Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung”, Humboldt Univ. Berlin
2015 – 2021Vice-Chair and Chair (2017 – 2020) of the Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, Max Planck Society
2010 – 2016Spokesperson of DFG Collaborative Research Program SPP1420: “Biomimetic materials – function by hierarchical structuring”
2010 – 2014Acting Director at Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle/Saale
2009 –Honorary Professor, Universität Potsdam
2007 –PI and member of Steering Board, Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies
2004 –Honorary Professor of Physics, Humboldt Univ. Berlin
2003 –Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Biomaterials, Potsdam
1998 – 2003Chair of Metal Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, and Director of the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
1997Guest professor at the Department of Physics, LMU München
1993 – 1994Visiting research fellow at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
1993 –Scientific Advisor to the Director of Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Osteologie, Wien
1986 – 1998Assistant and associate professor, Institute for Materials Physics, Universität Wien
1981 – 1985Researcher at ÖAW, Wien, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin in Saclay; Hahn-Meitner-Institut in Berlin; New York University

Course of studies

1991Habilitation in Solid State Physics, Universität Wien, Austria
1983Doctorate in Physics (Dr.rer.nat.), Universität Wien, Austria
1980Ingénieur Diplômé de l’Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France