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07.10.2013, Mainz (Germany)

Endowed professorship supports application-oriented research

Carl Zeiss Foundation funds endowed professorship in Mainz / Stronger cooperation between SCHOTT and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Mainz, October 07, 2013 – Starting with the winter semester 2013/2014, the Carl Zeiss Foundation, the sole owner of the two companies SCHOTT AG in Mainz and Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen, will be offering an endowed professorship on “Solid State Science- Oxide Materials.” This will further extend the cooperation between the technology group SCHOTT and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz that has been underway for over twenty years and generated many new impulses in the area of materials development. The focus of the experimental endowed professorship will be on the development of sustainable functional materials that have specific application profiles and conserve resources, in the area of energy efficiency or medical technology, for instance.

“We are really looking forward to this new endowed professorship at Mainz University. It will facilitate application-oriented basic research in the tradition of our company founders Otto Schott and Ernst Abbe by allowing for collaboration between scientific institutions and our company. Especially when it comes to oxide materials, including specialty glass and glass-ceramics from SCHOTT, the potential is far from being leveraged to its fullest,” explains the SCHOTT Board member responsible for research, Dr. Hans-Joachim Konz.

Besides traditional semiconductors, oxide materials are among the most important materials classes for use in industrial applications in areas like electronics, optics, sensors and energy technology. Thanks to their physical properties, these functional materials are of growing importance to future technologies, most notably materials that increase energy efficiency. “Materials sciences are among the top focal points of our university and we have high, internationally recognized expertise that can also be attributed to the outstanding research and environment we have in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Institute for Microtechnology in Mainz, and industry partners,” explains the President of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Professor Georg Krausch. “We are really looking forward to this endowed professorship that will further extend materials research in Mainz to the highest possible level,” he adds.

Many joint graduate degrees have been earned as a result of the collaboration between SCHOTT and the university in past years and these graduate researchers are now even company employees. The main focus of the cooperation includes spectroscopy and simulation, in particular, which have produced constructive research results with application implications, for instance, the development of glass and glass-ceramic materials and simulation-based approaches to structural property relationships in glass has been supported through joint projects. Furthermore, unique new types of glass that allow solar energy to be used more efficiently have resulted from a project supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU).

SCHOTT is also actively involved in the Graduate School of Excellence “Materials Science in Mainz,” in order to enable young and talented future researchers to gain insights into the research activities of a modern technology company. “By focusing on ‘Oxide Materials,’ we can together build a bridge between theory and analysis on the one hand and experimental material development on the other,” explains Dr. Ruediger Sprengard, Head of Development for New Products and Materials for SCHOTT Research.

The Carl Zeiss Foundation supports endowed professorships at the Technical University in Jena (SCHOTT), the University of Ulm (Carl Zeiss), and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (SCHOTT) for a period of five years by providing up to 150,000 euros per year. The Foundation has been supporting the research structure “Material Design: Inverse Design with Defined Properties” and a junior professorship on “Computer Simulation in Materials Sciences” at Mainz University for several years now.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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