Executive Vice President for Technology Marketing and Business Models

Ralf Boris Wehrspohn

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ralf Boris Wehrspohn, Executive Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft – Technology Marketing and Business Model
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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ralf Boris Wehrspohn, Executive Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V. – Technology Marketing and Business Models

Biography

Born on August 17, 1970 in Lübeck
 

Academic and professional career

  • since 10/2019 Executive Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., Technology Marketing and Business Models
  • 2018–2019 Head of Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS
  • since 2006 W3 professor for experimental physics at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, chair of Microstructure-based Materials Design
  • 2006–2019 Institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems, Halle
  • 2003–2006 C4 professor for experimental physics at the University of Paderborn, chair of Nanophotonic Materials
  • 1999–2003 Leader of a junior research group at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle in the field of the application of porous materials
  • 1998–1999 Research assistant at the Philips Research Laboratories, Redhill, England. Research in the field of thin film technologies, i.a. flat panel displays
  • 1995–1997 Doctoral candidate at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
  • 1990–1995 Studies of physics at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

 

Awards/honors 

  • 2004 One of the 101 most important minds in Germany awarded by Financial Times Deutschland
  • 2003 Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize of the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 2003 TR100 young innovators award of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2002 Innovations award of Dow Chemical Deutschland

 

Memberships, Advisory and Reviewer Services

  • Member of the German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Member of the Electrochemical Society
  • Member of the Optical Society of America
  • Member of the Materials Research Society
  • Co-Editor of Applied Physics A
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of »Photonics and Nanostructures«, Elsevier Press