Full Professor in Physical Chemistry, University Siegen
Holger Schönherr studied chemistry and polymer chemistry & physics at the Universities of Mainz and Toronto and finished his diploma thesis with Helmut Ringsdorf in 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Twente, The Netherlands in 1999, working with G. Julius Vancso. Following a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University with Curtis W. Frank (2000 – 2001), he joined the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology in Twente as assistant (later associate) professor before joining the University of Siegen in 2008 as a University Professor in Physical Chemistry. In April 2013 he was also appointed as guest professor at the Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Holger Schönherr (H-index 38) co-authored more than 168 original research papers in peer-reviewed journals and published, among others, a monograph on “Scanning Force Microscopy of Polymers” (Springer). He was awarded, among others, with the Schloessmann award (Biology and Materials Science) of the Max Planck Society (1995), the DSM Award (2nd) for Chemistry & Technology (1999), a NWO vernieuwingsimpuls (VIDI) grant (2001), the Raphael-Eduard-Liesegang award of the German Colloid Society (2011), an ERC starting grant (2011), the POLYCHAR Materials Science Award 2013 and Research Prize of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Siegen (2013).
His research interests comprise the modification and characterization of organic and polymeric surfaces and (bio)interfaces, micro.-and nanostructured materials, polymers and hierarchically structured controlled release systems for the autonomous detection of bacteria, investigations of molecular properties, reactivity and dynamics in confined systems, and surface forces and surface analysis with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and combined AFM-optical methods. Currently running research projects include: Polymer brushes and 3D cell microenvironments, enzyme-labile block copolymer nanocapsules for the detection and treatment of bacterial wound infections, hydrogels and optical biosensors for wound-colonising bacteria, surface nanobubbles, nanostructured polymers via templating with anodic alumina, surface structuring with light-induced mass transport, investigation of ligand-quadruplex DNA-interactions on structured surfaces, and investigation of the effect of Pd nanoparticles on Daphnia magna.
Prof. Schönherr coordinates the ERA-NET SIINN project, Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems (FENOMENO), which start on April 1st 2015