Prof. Ferdi Schüth was born in 1960 in Warstein, is married and is the father of two daughters.
He studied Chemistry and Law in Münster. He received his doctorate in Chemistry in 1988 and passed the First State Exam in Law in 1989. In 1995, he became Professor in Chemistry and worked till 1998 as such at the University in Frankfurt. Since 1998 he is Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim an der Ruhr) and since 2014 Vicepresident of the Max-Planck-Society (Munich).
Ferdi Schüth received several awards, e.g. Award of the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award, Wöhler-Award and Hamburger Wissenschaft-Award. He is member of numerous editorial boards, editor of “Chemistry of Materials”, member of several committees, e.g. Dechema, DFG, selection committee of the German Future Award, Professor h.c. at the Dalian University (China) and founder of the hte AG.
His research field comprises energy, biomass conversion, crystallization processes, synthesis of catalyst materials, catalysis, zeolites, ordered mesoporous materials and hydrogen storage materials.