Ulrich Jonas studied chemistry (1987–1993) at the University of Mainz (Mainz, Germany) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif, USA), in the group of Professor H.-W. Schmidt and Professor P. Smith. In 1992 he joined the group of Professor H. Ringsdorf in Mainz to work on amphiphilic fullerene derivatives and completed his diploma thesis in 1993. Jonas continued to investigate amphiphilic fullerene derivatives during his dissertation and expanded the research on triphenylenes and quaternary nitrogen compounds. After a six-month visit at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in the group of Professor F. Diederich he received his Ph.D. degree in 1996 from the University of Mainz. As a Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humoldt Foundation) from 1996 to 1998, he worked with Dr. D. Charych at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif, USA, on polydiacetylene biosensors for the detection of DNA hybridization. Jonas joined the group of Professor H. W. Spiess as Project Leader at the MPI-P in 1999 and in 2004 the group of Professor W. Knoll as Permanent Staff. In 2007 he was appointed as Affiliated Scientist of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas) in Crete, Greece, active in the Polymer & Colloid Science group, and in 2009 he was elected as the Director of Research at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, heading the newly founded Bio-Organic Materials Chemistry Laboratory. Since 2012 Jonas is chairing the institute of Macromolecular Chemistry as a Full Professor at the University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany. His current research activities include advanced polymeric materials synthesis and characterization, responsive hydrogel layer systems for biosensor and biomedical applications, hierarchical structure formation with colloidal systems, and 2D organization of semifluorinated alkane derivatives at the air-water interface.
Biography Updated on 7 February 2013