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Petra Uhlmann Appointed Adjunct Professor

Chemnist from Dresden moves to Lincoln, Nebraska

13. 8. 2014 | Petra Uhlmann, head of the department Nanostructured Materials at the Leibniz-Institute for Polymer Research Dresden, IFP, was appointed adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Dr. Petra Uhlmann
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Dr. Petra Uhlmann
Dr. Uhlmann's specialty are intelligent, nanostructured surfaces and thin films with multiple subtopics and various applications. The professorship acknowledges her research successes in this field, and it intensifies the established cooperation between Uhlmann's research group in Dresden, Germany, with colleagues at the Unviversity of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the future, she will teach more in Lincoln, will support the student exchange programme, and she will give lectures in her fields of expertise, including intelligent adaptive and switching surfaces, physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, polymeric materials, as well as adsorption phenomena onto polymer surfaces; 'adsorption' is the adhesion of atoms, ions, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solids to a surface.

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)

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