Technische Chemie - Wark

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. Michael Wark

Personal Data:

born: September 22nd 1963 in Bremen, married

Academic Education:

7/70-5/83Elementary School and Gymnasium in Bremen, Germany, Abitur: May 1983
10/83-7/89Study of Chemistry, University of Bremen, Germany
7/89Master thesis in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Title: Synthesis and characterization of CdS/Pt-loaded faujasites, (Prof. Dr. G. Schulz-Ekloff)
11/89-5/93Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) (summa cum laude), University of Bremen, Germany, Title of the PhD thesis: Highly dispersed semiconductor particles stabilized by zeolite matrices - The influence of the particle size of the semiconductor particles on their structure, stability and spectroscopic behaviour, supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. I. Jaeger
10/90-12/90Research visit at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry in Berlin, Germany, Research partners: Prof. Dr. M. Bülow, Dr. W. Lutz

Professional Career:

10/93-9/94Post-doctoral fellow, Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Chimie de Mulhouse, France,Research partners: Prof. Dr. J.-L. Guth, Prof. Dr. H. Kessler
11/94-9/95Post-doctoral fellow, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany, Research partners: Prof. Dr. B. Boddenberg, Prof. W. Grünert
10/95-01/02Junior scientist (to qualify as a university lecturer), Institute of Applied and Physical Chemistry, University of Bremen, Germany
02/02-12/10  Lecturer (Akademischer Oberrat) with own research group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry (head: Prof. Dr. J. Caro), Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
07/04Venia legendi for Physical Chemistry, Leibniz University of Hannover,
Title of Habilitation thesis: Dye molecules and semiconductor nanoparticles in the pores of molecular sieves – Influence on host/guest and guest/guest interactions on the optical properties
10/04Appointment to a “Privatdozent” at the Leibniz University Hannover
07/07Appointment to an “associate professor” (Apl.-Prof.) at the Leibniz University Hannover
01/11-08/13University Full Professor for Technical Chemistry in the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
10/12Call for a Full Professorship for Technical Chemistry of Materials at the University Saarbruecken, Germany – declined in 03/13
11/12Call for a Full Professorship for Technical Chemistry at the University Oldenburg, Germany – accepted in 05/13
since 9/13 University Full Professor for Technical Chemistry, head of the group “Photocatalysis and sustainable feedstock utilization”, Institute for Chemistry, Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

Short term research visits:

  • At the J. Heyrovsky-Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, research partner: Dr. J. Rathousky (8/97-9/97, 11/98-12/98, 2/01-3/01, 3/04, 7/05, 9/06 and 7/09)
  • At the Department for Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, research partner: Prof. Dr. J.K. Thomas (11/99 - 12/99 and 3/00 - 7/00)
  • Oral and poster presentations on more than 150 national and international conferences. More than 80 invited talks at universities and research institutes
  • Lecturer in several courses of Technical Chemistry, (Photo-)Catalysis, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Member of the DECHEMA-Fachsektionen “Nanotechnology“ and ”Catalysis“. Member of the Managing Board of the DECHEMA professional group “Zeolites” (2009-2015)
  • Referee for the German Science Foundation (DFG), Humboldt Foundation and a number of scientific journals, e.g. Angew. Chem,, Adv. Mater., Chem. Mater., Microp. Mesop. Mater., J. Phys. Chem., J. Photochem Photobiol., J. Electrochem. Soc., J. Catal., J. Appl. Catal., and many more


Main research interests:

•  Materials for renewable energy applications; photocatalytic water splitting and decomposition of harmful substances, dye-sensitized solar cells, additives for fuel cell membranes
Micro- and mesoporous structures, ordered mesoporous thin films, oxide nanorods, self-organization, electrochemical deposition
Inorganic-organic hybride structures, chemical modification of surfaces
Analysis of the structural and opto-electronic properties of hybrid materials

Other Activities:

  • Vice Dean of the Faculty V (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (since 2017)
  • Member of the Board of the Institute of Chemistry at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (since 2015)
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty Chemistry/Biochemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (2011-2013)
  • Chairman of the Doctoral board for Chemistry/Biochemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (2012-2013)
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty Chemistry/Biochemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (2011-2013)
  • Coordinator of the Study-Program „Master Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry“ at Leibniz University Hannover (2003-2010)
  • Senator (2007-2010) and Deputy Senator (2005-2006) at Leibniz University Hannover
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty Chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover (2003/2004)

Oldenburg, April 28th 2017