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Plenary Speakers

Prof. Alexander Michaelis

Director of Fraunhofer Ins. (IKTS)

Institute Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems


Prof. Alexander Michaelis studied physics at the University of Düsseldorf where he earned his Ph-D and state doctorate (habil) in materials science and electrochemistry. In 1995 he became faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. In 1996 he switched to Siemens AG working as senior process integration engineer in the field of microelectronics in East Fishkill, New York. In 2000, he started to work for the corporate research department of Bayer AG in Leverkusen and the Bayer subsidiary H.C. Starck GmbH heading the New Business Development department. At that time he also was appointed as the managing director of the Dutch fuel cell company InDEC BV.


Since 2004, Prof. Michaelis is president of Fraunhofer IKTS with more than 800 employees and a yearly budget of 80 Mio €. Additionally, he is full professor for Ceramics at the University of Technology in Dresden. He filed 42 patent families and published more than 400 papers in peer reviewed journals and books. He received numerous awards.


He is academician of “World Academy of Ceramics WAC”, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the European Ceramic Society (ECerS). From 2019 until 2023 he was President of the German Ceramic Society (DKG e.V.) and still is president of the FDKG e.V. (Research organization of DKG).