Head of Fraunhofer IWKS

Since October 1, 2018, Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff has been head of Fraunhofer IWKS in Hanau and Alzenau. Previously, she held the Chair of Chemical Materials Synthesis at the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Stuttgart. When she joined the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS, Prof. Weidenkaff was appointed to the Technical University of Darmstadt. Under her leadership, the new subject area "Materials Chemistry/Materials Engineering and Resource Management" will be created.  

Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff received her doctorate in chemistry from ETH Zurich in 2000 and received the Venia Legendi for Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science from the University of Augsburg in 2006. She then became Section Head at Empa and Associate Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Since 2013, she has held a chair in materials chemistry at the University of Stuttgart. She has published around 230 SCI-listed publications on materials research in energy conversion technology. Most recently, Prof. Weidenkaff was Director of the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Stuttgart. In addition, she is President of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS), elected member of the Executive Board of the GDCH Division Solid State Chemistry and Materials Research and of the E-MRS Executive Committee. In 2011 she was awarded the Kavli Foundation Lectureship Prize.

Professional Life and Work Experience
2018 Professor (chair holder materials and resources, W3) at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS
2013 - 2018 Professor (chair holder chemical materials synthesis, W3) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
2006 - 2013 Head of the Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology Dübendorf, Switzerland
2008 - 2013

Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern, Switzerland

2007 - 2008

Private lecturer PD, University of Augsburg, Germany

2003 - 2006

Head of Solid State Chemistry Group, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research Dübendorf, Switzerland

2003 Visiting professor, University of Caen, France
1999 - 2003

Research scientist/assistant professor (C1 position) at the Solid State Chemistry, Physics Department, University of Augsburg, Germany

1996 - 1999

Employment, Paul Scherrer Institut PSI, Villigen, Switzerland

1988

Employment, St. Cosmas Pharmacy, Endoklinik, Hamburg, Germany

Education
2006

Venia legendi in “Solid State Chemistry” , Habilitation at the University of Augsburg, Germany

1999

Ph.D. in Chemistry at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland

1996 Diploma in Chemistry (1.0) University of Hamburg, Germany
1988 Technical diploma in Pharmacy, School for Chemistry and Pharmacy, Lüneburg, Germany
International Recognition and Activities
2019

Chair of the European Materials Research Society E-MRS IUMRS ICAM spring meeting

2019

Curatorium member of Fraunhofer ISE

2016 Advisory board member and spokesperson Science and Technology of Nanosystems (STN) and Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF), Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
2016 - 2019

President of the European Thermoelectric Society ETS

2015 - 2017

Board of Directors, Materials Research Society MRS

2014

Member of the International Max Planck Research School for Condensed Matter Science IMPRS-CMS

2013

Co-chair of the European Materials Research Society E-MRS spring meeting

2012

Editor in chief (2013) and editorial board member of “Energy Quarterly”. Advisory Board Member MRS Book Series on Energy and Sustainability

2012

Executive committee member of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)

2011 - 2014

Swiss delegate in the EuCheMS Working Group on Solid State Chemistry

2011

Kavli Foundation Lectureship Award

2011

Scientific Advisory Board member GreenTEG GmbH, Zürich, Switzerland

2011 - 2013

President of the Swiss Thermoelectric Society

2011

Curatorium member of the Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum FMF

2009 - 2014

Executive Board Member of the SNF NCCR MaNEP

2008 - 2009

Swiss delegate in the EU programme commission NMP

2008 Visiting professor, Case Western Reserve University and visiting scientist NASA Glenn Research Centre, Cleveland, USA (Dr. A. Sayir)
2007

Member of the Board Directors of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS)

2003

Visiting professor, University of Caen, France and visiting scientist, Laboratory CRISMAT, Caen, France

2000 - 2003 Delegate of the research staff in faculty board, promotion and award committees at University of Augsburg
2000 - 2009

Member of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 484 „Cooperative Phenomena in Solids“, University of Augsburg

2000

Project leader of diverse DFG, SNF, KTI and European research projects and host for Humboldt-Fellows

Projects on the development and synthesis of Electroceramics with perovskite-type structures and intermetallic phases such as half Heusler compounds led to some 250 SCI rated publications on materials research in energy conversion technologies

1999 - 2000

SolarPACES Award and Scholarship 1998, Odeillo-Font Romeu, Institut de Science et de Génie des Matériaux et Procédés (CNRS-IMP), Materials Research Group, France

1998

Guest Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Technology, Solar Research Facilities, Rehovot, Israel

1996 - 1997

Research stay, University of Zürich, Solid State Chemistry, Zürich, Switzerland

1994 Erasmus Scholarship, University of Rennes, Laboratory for Catalysis and Coordination Chemistry, Rennes, France. Polymer synthesis in metathesis reactions
1993 Erasmus Scholarship, University of Oviedo, Department for Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Spain. Development of homogeneous Ru catalysts for organic synthesis methods
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