Petra Uhlmann had studied chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and finished her PhD there in 1992. The following two years, she continued her research at the CNRS Mulhouse, France, as a postdoc. She used inverse gas chromatography to characterise the surfaces of anorganic fillers. Among experts, her research on nanocoatings for surface functionalisation is well known. She also published much-noted articles on 'smart' polymer brushes and their applications in sensors, microfluidics and nanocatalysis.
Dr. Uhlmann is a member of the scientific board of the German Research Association for Surface Treatment (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft für Oberflächenbehandlung e.V., DFO), in Neuss, Germany. She is also chair of the board 'Combined Surface Technology' of four German coatings and thin films associations (the DFO, the German society for galvano and surface technique e.V. DGO, the European Society of Thin Films EFDS, and the Network of Competence Industrial Plasma Surface Technology inplas). (© Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research Dresden e. V., AcademiaNet)