Thomas Oppenlaender studied chemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He received his doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat.) in 1984 working in the research group of Waldemar Adam on 185 nm photochemistry of azoalkanes in solution. During the following year, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, in the group of Albert I. Meyers being involved in asymmetric synthesis of dihydropyridines and NADH mimics. From 1985 to 1991, he worked for F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basle, Switzerland. There, he was engaged in doing research on drug phototoxicity and on the photochemical production of fine chemicals. Since 1991, he is a Full Professor at the Hochschule Furtwangen University (HFU), Germany, at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Since then, he is involved in photo-initiated advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) and technologies (AOTs). His main research interests concentrate on the potentials of modern excimer lamps (excilamps) for photochemical treatment of water and air. He is an author of about forty peer-reviewed scientific publications and he recently published a book on Photochemical Purification of Water and Air, Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs): Principles, Reaction Mechanisms, Reactor Concepts, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003. He is a Member of the German Chemical Society (GdCh), the European Photochemistry Association (EPA), and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA).
Biography Updated on 17 April 2007