Lecture by Prof. Dr. Manfred Wilhelm

June 24, 2024, at 5:15 p.m. in the IAAC Lecture Hall
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On Monday, June 24, 2024, at 5:15 p.m. in the lecture hall of the IAAC (Humboldtstraße 8, 07743 Jena), Professor Dr. Manfred Wilhelm (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry Chair Polymeric Materials) will give a lecture on the topic:

„Chemically sensitive detectors in SEC and HPLC chromatography“ 

Everyone interested is welcomed!

Prof. Dr. Manfred Wilhelm
Prof. Dr. Manfred Wilhelm
Image: Nico Dingenouts


  • 1966-1985 Grew up on a winefarm in Maikammer/Pfalz.
  • 1986-1992 Study of Chemistry at the University of MainzExternal link partly supported with a stipend of the Friedrich-Ebert-societyExternal link.
  • 09/1989-03/1990 exchange student at the University of TorontoExternal link (Canada) in the group of Prof. M.A. Winnik (with a scholarship of the DAAD). Topic: detection of CMC in block copolymers via fluorescence.
  • Ph.D 07/1995 with the dissertation
    "Development and application of multidimensional NMR-methods to detect orientation and dynamics in inorganic and organic polymers" in the group of Prof. H.W. Spiess.
  • 10/1993-04/1994 visit at the UCSBExternal link, Santa Barbara (USA), via a further DAAD stipend. Prof. B.F. Chmelka on the topic: multidimensional 13C-exchange NMR applied to zeolites.
  • Postdoc from 09/1995 to 4/1997 at the Weizmann-InstituteExternal link (Israel) in the group of Prof. J. Klein (currently at the University of Oxford, UK) using dendrimers under confinement and shear.
    This postdoctoral stay was founded via a MINERVAExternal link stipend.
  • Staff scientist from 05/1997 to 10/2004 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz in the group of Prof. H.W. Spiess where a habilitation was conducted. The habilitation is the German equivalent of an assistant professorship.
    The topic of the habilitation (1997 - 2001) was the development and application of non-linear mechanical methods for the characterization of materials (see below).
    This work was rewarded by the Reimund-Stadler prize of the Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie (GDCh) in 1999.
  • 11/2004-09/2006 Professorship at Technical University Darmstadt in joint cooperation with Max-Planck-Institut for Polymer Research. Head of a Max-Planck research group "Mechanics of Polymers" in the engineering mechanics department.
  • From 10/2006 Professorship „Polymeric Materials“ at University of Karlsruhe, Institute for chemical technology and polymer chemistry.
  • 2016: Offer for a full professorship in physical chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, declined.
  • 2017: Offer for a full professorship at the Leibnitz-Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden e.V., declined.
  • 2019-2021: Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Life Sciences at KIT.
  • 2022: Appointed member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

Research interests

  • Method development (non-linear methods for material characterisation)
  • Rheology , especially FT-Rheology
  • Combinations of Rheology with molecular spectroscopy
  • Chemical detectors for SEC
  • Solid-State-NMR