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Jürgen Rühe


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Research Topics

  • Development of new methods for the modification of surfaces and interfaces:
    polymerizations with self-assembled monolayers of initiators for the preparation of functionalized
    molecularly thin polymer layers
  • Light induced attachment of molecules to surfaces
  • Generation of ultrathin surface-attached networks
  • Surface functionalization especially for biomedical applications
  • Biocompatibilization of materials
  • Micromanipulation of biological systems through microstructuring of surfaces



  • Surface chemistry
  • Plasma polymerization
  • Surface analytical techniques (eg. ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, GIR-FTIR, x-ray reflectometry, surface plasmon spectroscopy and microscopy, quartz microbalance)
  • Surface patterning through printing and lithography


Academic Background

  • 1989 - 1990: Postdoc IBM Research Division, Almaden Research Center, San Jose CA (USA)
  • 1989: visiting scientist, Cavendish Laboratories of Physics, Cambridge (UK)
  • 1989: PhD in Chemistry, Thesis: Charge Transport Mechanism in Substituted Polyheterocycles
  • 1986 - 1989: PhD studies, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Science, Mainz in cooperation with Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Advisor: Prof. G. Wegner)1986: MSc in Chemistry ("Dipl.-Chem.") (Advisor: Prof. H.J. Schäfer)
  • 1981 - 1986: Studies in Chemistry, University of Münster


Research Positions

  • 2001 - present: Head of the Institute for Microsystems Technology, Freiburg
  • 1999 - present: Professor for Chemistry and Physics of Interfaces, Institute of Microsystems Technology, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg
  • 1995 - 1999: Associate Professor ("C3-Stelle der MPG"), Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Science, Mainz, Head of a group on interface chemistry
  • 1995: Habilitation in Macromolecular Sciences, University of Bayreuth
  • 1991 - 1995: Research Associate University of Bayreuth; Liebig-fellow of the Foundation of the Chemical Industry, Fellow of the German Science foundation


Scientific Honors, Editorial Boards, Other Scientific Activities

  • Visiting professor at Stanford University (Stanford, USA), RIKEN (Tokio, Japan), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2004: member of Advisory Board of the Hahn-Schickard Society
  • 2001: award of the Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology DECHEMA
  • 1999: Award for Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences, Göttingen
  • Since 08/98: consulting professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University; affiliate member of the "Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies" (CPIMA)




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