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Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Butt


Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Butt

Brief Curriculum vitae of Hans-Jürgen Butt

1. Personal details

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Butt
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz

Male; born 26 February 1961 in Hamburg, Germany.
Married, three children

2. Education

1980 - 1986

Diploma in physics after studies at the Universities Hamburg and Göttingen
Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. H. Spitzer,
German Electron-Synchrotron, Hamburg
Electron identification by means of transition radiation

1986 - 1989

Group of Prof. Dr. E. Bamberg, Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt

April 1989

Ph.D., Time-resolved measurement of proton translocation by Bacteriorhodopsin

1989 - 1990

Postdoc, Group of Prof. Dr. P.K. Hansma, University of California, Santa Barbara
Atomic force microscopy

1990 - 1996

Group of Prof. Dr. E. Bamberg
Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt

Dec. 1995

Habilitation in Biophysical Chemistry at the University Frankfurt
Atomic force microscopy of biological objects

1996 - 2000

C3 (associate)-Professor Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University Mainz
Physical chemistry of interfaces

2000 – 2002

C4 (full)-Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Siegen Physical chemistry of interfaces and thin films Biophysics of membranes

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology from 6/2001-6/2002

Since Sept. 2002

Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research
Experimental physics of interfaces

3. Appointments

Since 2003

Außerplanmäßiger Professor at the University of Siegen

Since 2004

Honorarprofessor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Chair of the Advisory board of the G.M.J. Schmidt Minerva Center on Supramolecular Architectures


Member of the advisory board of the Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz


Fachkollegium of the DFG for physical chemistry of molecules, liquids, interfaces, theoretical chemistry


Member of the steering committee of the graduate school of Excellence “Materials Science in Mainz”


Member of the steering committee of the center of Excellence “Smart Interfaces” in Darmstadt


Chair of the German Colloid Society


Spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School for Polymer Materials


Council member of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)


Honorarprofessor at the Technical University Darmstadt


Treasurer of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS)

since 2014

since 2015

since 2016

since 2016

Editor of Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science

President-Elect International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS)

Member Fachkollegium of the German Research Society (DFG) for Polymer Research

Ombudsperson of the CPTS Section of the Max Planck Society

4. Prices and Honors:


Heisenberg fellowship


Tewkesbury Lecture in Melbourne, Australia


ICI distinguished Lecturer, University of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Lectureship Award, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan


ERC Advanced grant

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