Short CV Bernd Abel


Professional Career




Head of the Chemical Department and Deputy Director of the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM) in Leipzig and Chair for Chemical Engineering of Polymers (W3) at the Department of Chemistry and Mineralogy of the Universität Leipzig, joint appointment (professorship) of the University and the IOM

Associated with the Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and the Institute for Chemical Engineering (Technische Chemie)


Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy of the University of Leipzig


Director of the Ostwald Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University Leipzig


Full Professor (Chair for Physical Chemistry and Reaction Dynamics, W3) at the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy of the University of Leipzig


Associate Professor (apl) in the Physical Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Georg-August University Göttingen

1994 - 2008

Permanent research staff member at the Institute for Physical Chemistry of the University Göttingen and

Leader of a research group in the department "Spectroscopy and Photochemical Kinetics" of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen


Habilitation and venia legendi in Physical Chemistry, University of Göttingen


PhD-Thesis (University Göttingen, with Prof. J. Troe), summa cum laude


Studies of Chemistry in Göttingen, Diploma 1986 ("sehr gut")

Training and Research Stays Abroad


Visiting professor at the Chemistry Department of the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia


Guest Professor at the Chemistry Department of the University of California at Irvine (UCI), USA


Associated reseach fellow in the George-Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory at MIT, Fellow of the German Science Foundation (DFG), Host: Prof. J. I. Steinfeld

Professional Activities and Memberships

since 2012 

Elected member of the DFG Fachkollegium 303 "Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie"

since 2009

Vertrauensdozent der Deutschen Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie

since 2015

since 2010

Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group

Editorial board of the Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

since 2011


Principal investigator in the SFB-TR 102 "Polymers under multiple constraints: restricted and controlled molecular order and mobility"

since 2003 

Founder and owner of Microliquids GmbH

since 2013

Member of the Virtual Institute for Energy Research (VIER), Leipzig

Research Awards and Distinctions

2014European Aluminium Award (Novelis-IOM)


Göttingen Innovation Prize (one out of three)


Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein-Prize of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry


Sir Harold Thompson Memorial Award, Elsevier Science