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Ulrich Wiesner

Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Ulrich Wiesner studied Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, and Irvine, California. He gained his Ph.D. in 1991 with work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), Mainz, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the E.S.P.C.I. in Paris, France until 1993. He joined the Cornell MS&E faculty in 1999 following his Habilitation and became a Full Professor in 2005. He works at the interface between polymer science and solid state chemistry/physics with the goal of generating novel hierarchical and multifunctional hybrid materials.   He is the co-founder of Hybrid Silica Technologies, Inc . and the recipient of multiple awards including the Carl Duisberg Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society.


Current research in the Wiesner group at Cornell University focuses on the control of materials assembly at very small length scales, towards the development of novel functional materials.   Our work interfaces polymer science with inorganic and solid-state chemistry to create materials tailored to applications including separation, catalysis, fuel cells and nanobiotechnology.