Professional Career

Personal details

Professor Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Chem. Gerhard Wegner
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz

Male; born, January 3, 1940 in Berlin (Germany)
Married, 4 children

Professional Career

1959 - 1965

Study of Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
PhD Thesis in Chemistry with Prof. W. Kern and Prof. R.C. Schulz: 'Anionic Polymerization of Unsaturated Aldehydes'


Dr. rer. nat., University of Mainz

1966 - 1968

Research Staff Chemist, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. USA


Habilitation in Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz Thesis: “Solid-State-Polymerization of Diacetylenes”

1971 - 1974

Assoc. Professor, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz/Germany

1974 - 1984

Full Professor and Director of Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany

1979 - 1981

Dean, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Freiburg

1984  - 2008

(Founding) Director, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz/Germany
Professor, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz

1996 - 2002

Vice President of the Max Planck Society

2005 - 2011

Vice President of the Akademie der Wissenschaften & Literatur Mainz

2006 - 2012

Commanding Scientific Officer of Institute of Microtechnology-Mainz (IMM)

2008 - present

Emeritus Professor at the MPI-Polymer Research Mainz

Professional Duties

Prof. Wegner served as the chairman of the Chemistry, Physics & Technology Section of the Max Planck Society from 1991 to 1994 and was Vice President of the Max Planck Society from 1996 to 2002. Prof. Wegner was the chairman of the International Max Planck Research School for Polymer Materials Science in Mainz.

From 2006-2011 he acted as CEO of the Institute for Microtechnology – Mainz (IMM) in addition to his duties at MPI-P. IMM is a state-owned, non-profit company located at Mainz offering services in research and technology innovation to small- and middle-sized companies.

Prof. Wegner served as a member of the Board (Universitätsrat) of the University of Saarbrücken from 2003-2013.
He is corresponding member of several Academies, among others Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam); he is a full member of Academia Europea and the Academy of Sciences and Literature – Mainz. He served as Vice-President of the latter from 2006-2012.

Starting in 2009 Prof. Wegner was entrusted by the Max-Planck President to develop and implement the Exploratory Round Table Conferences (ERTC) – a joint activity of Max-Planck-Society and the Chinese Academy of the Sciences (CAS).

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