Schott and Johannes Gutenberg University establish material science professorship

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Schott and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz are collaborating on establishing an endowed professorship on ‘Solid State Science – Oxide Materials’ at the university. The professorship will begin in the winter semester 2013/2014 and will look to develop sustainable functional materials.

‘We are really looking forward to this new endowed professorship at Mainz University. It will facilitate application-oriented basic research in the tradition of our company founders Otto Schott and Ernst Abbe by allowing for collaboration between scientific institutions and our company. Especially when it comes to oxide materials, including specialty glass and glass-ceramics from Schott, the potential is far from being leveraged to its fullest,’ explained Schott board member responsible for research, Dr Hans-Joachim Konz.

Besides traditional semiconductors, oxide materials are among the most important materials classes for use in industrial applications in areas like electronics, optics, sensors and energy technology. Thanks to their physical properties, these functional materials are of growing importance to future technologies, most notably materials that increase energy efficiency.

‘Materials sciences are among the top focal points of our university and we have high, internationally recognised expertise that can also be attributed to the outstanding research and environment we have in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Institute for Microtechnology in Mainz, and industry partners,’ commented Professor Georg Krausch, president of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Schott in Mainz is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, which also owns Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen.