Thomas J. Heinze

University of Jena, Germany

Thomas J. Heinze graduated from Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Jena, Germany, major in chemistry (1980–1984). Then, he gained his M.S. degree in chemistry (Diploma) from University of Jena and Institute of Polymer Research in Teltow-Seehof, Germany (1984-1985). He received both the Ph.D. degree (1985–1989), in organic chemistry, and the Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) (1997), in polymer chemistry, both from Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Moreover, Heinze occupied several positions such as a Visiting Scientist at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, between 1994 and 1995, a Professor (C3) of macromolecular chemistry at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, from 2001 to 2002, a Full Professor of organic chemistry at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, in Octobor 2002, Cross Appointment Director of the Center of Excellence for Polysaccharide Chemistry Jena-Rudolstadt during 2002, the Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry (2005–2007), and since 2007, he works as the Head of the Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives group at Zellcheming Association. His present research areas include biopolymers, polysaccharides, structure characterization (FTIR, NMR, HPLC, GPC), chemical modification of polysaccharides applying new paths, regioselective synthesis, new solvents, products with unconventional functional groups, nanostructures based on polysaccharides, development of analytical tools for polysaccharide derivatives, design of supramolecular structures and characterization (rheology, TEM, SEM, AFM), nanoparticles of polysaccharides bioactive polysaccharides, structure-property relationships of polysaccharide derivatives (e.g., flocculants made from starch), chemical modification of wood, isolation of bioactive compounds from wood, and nanostructuring with aminocelluloses.

Biography Updated on 30 September 2009

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