Ultrathin layers: Innovation through research


  • Prof. Gerhard Wegner

    1. Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Postfach 3148, D-6500 Mainz (FRG)
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    • is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, FRG. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Mainz in 1965 and after two years postdoctoral work in the USA returned to the University of Mainz to begin a university career. In 1974 he joined the University of Freiburg as professor for polymer chemistry and became Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry before moving to his present position in 1984. His contributions to the fields of polymers, and solid-state organic chemistry in general, have been recognized through the award of many national and international honors, including, most recently, the Otto Bayer Prize, the Research Prize of the Philipp Morris Foundation, and the Hermann Staudinger Prize of the German Chemical Society.


Essay: Wetting, adhesion, biocompatibility, membrane- and sensor applications, lubrication, corrosion resistance, and microlithography are all effects which can be strongly influenced by the molecular architecture of the organic solids involved. The synthetic methods employed and the analytical tools that have been developed for the study of these systems have formed the basis of an interdisciplinary project funded jointly by the German Ministry for Research and Technology (BMFT) and Industry. The basis of the project and its aims are introduced and the following articles describe the most recent progress made.