Rudolf Zentel studied chemistry at the University of Mainz (Germany) and finished his Ph. D. thesis in 1983 with a work on the borderline between physical chemistry (Prof. G. Strobl) and organic chemistry (Prof. H. Ringsdorf).
After working as a post-doc for one year in Freiburg (Prof. H. J. Cantow) he returned to Mainz in 1984 and began his works on liquid crystalline elastomers (Prof. H. Ringsdorf), which was finished with the habilitation in 1989. A one year stay at the IBM-Almaden research center followed (1989/90). His work there was concentrated on photoresists and polymers for nonlinear optics. After his return to Germany he got a position at the Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Düsseldorf (group of Prof. G. Wulff).
From 1992 to 1996 he was a C3-professor for polymer chemistry at the University of Mainz. In the winter trimester 1994/95 he was a guest-professor at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). In 1996 he organized a NATO Advanced Research Workshop in Il Ciocco, Italy.
In the winter term 96/97 he became a C4-professor for polymer chemistry at the University of Wuppertal. In 2000 he organized the "6th US/Germany Polymer Symposium for younger scientists". Since October 2000 he is professor for organic chemistry and polymer chemistry at the University of Mainz.
Prof. Dr. R. Zentel
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Institute for Organic Chemistry
Tel: (+49-6131) 39-20361
Fax: (+49-6131) 39-24778