Joop Schoonman was born in 1943. He is a Professor of inorganic chemistry. He received his master's degree in solid state chemistry at the Utrecht University in 1967. He completed his Ph.D. thesis cum laude in 1971 on the topic “Electrical conduction and polarization of lead bromide” under supervision of Professor Van Santen. He was in 1974 a Postdoctor at Stanford University. His main research interests are gas phase deposition of nanostructured materials for innovative solar cells, rechargeable Li ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, and chemical gas sensors. Moreover, the production and storage of hydrogen using nanostructured materials has his interest. His research at Utrecht and Delft Universities has led to 425 publications and he is coeditor of 8 books and editor of several international journals. In the period 2002–2006, he was a Scientific Director of the Delft Institute for Sustainable Energy. He performed a couple of administrative positions and has been Dean of the Faculty. After his dean period, he has been a Visiting Professor at MIT. He was an Honorary Professor in chemistry, in 1996, and received an honorary doctor's degree, in 2000, at the Transilvana University of Brasov, Romania, is Honorary Professor in physics at the Warsaw Universsity of Technology, 2006, and received an honorary doctor's degree, at the same year, at the Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania. He was appointed also at Leiden University in the period 2000–2006, and is a Visiting Professor at Stanford University since 2004. He received several awards, among which and the most prestigious one is The Royal Shell Award for Sustainable Development and Energy received in 2001. Last year, he was elected the first Dutch Master in Materials,that is, the greatest materials scientist in The Netherlands since 80 years.
Biography Updated on 19 April 2007