Wolfgang Knoll - Biography#


After completing his university education in physics at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Wolfgang Knoll earned a PhD degree in Biophysics from the University of Konstanz in 1976. 1980/81 he was a postdoc at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California, and a visiting scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France. From 1981-1986 he was an assistant professor at the Technical University of Munich and from 1986-1991 an associate at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, in the Department Spectroscopy of Polymers, while at the same time teaching at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. From 1991-1999 he was the laboratory director for Exotic Nanomaterials in Wako, Japan, at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN). From 1998 to 2012 he was a Consulting Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Stanford University. In 1993, Wolfgang Knoll was appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, a position that he held until 2008. In 1998 he became also a Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. In 1999, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, in 2009 Honorary Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, and in 2009 Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Since April 1, 2008 Professor Knoll has been the Scientific Managing Director of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.

He received several awards, among which are the Heinrich-Welker-Award in 1990 from the University of Erlangen and Siemens, the Eugen-und-Ilse-Seibold Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2003, and the Exner Medal, awarded by the Österreichische Gewerbeverein in 2008. Since 2010 he is a Regular Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

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