Professor TU Berlin, Speaker of the Cluster
Arne Thomas studied chemistry in Gießen, Marburg and Edinburgh. He earned his doctorate with Markus Antonietti at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam/Golm in 2003. Subsequently he worked with a Feodor Lynen fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara / USA in the laboratory of Galen D. Stucky. In 2005 he returned to the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces as a research group leader and scientific coordinator for the project: “EnerChem – Nanochemical concepts for a sustainable energy supply” a research partnership of five Max-Planck institutes. In 2009 he accepted the position as full professor of inorganic chemistry (Functional Materials) at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). In 2011 he received an ERC starting grant and the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award. Since 2019 he is the chairman of the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis – UniSysCat” combining the expertise of 9 universities and research institutes in the Berlin area (www.unisyscat.de). Arne Thomas is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher since 2017 (Clarivate Analytics).
The main interest of the Thomas group is the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials, with a special focus on the generation of porous functional materials for catalytic applications.