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Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel


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Work L6|01 407
Otto-Berndt-Straße 3
64287 Darmstadt

Prof. Riedel is teaching at bachelor and master level. Courses include Introduction to General Chemistry, Structural Materials, Materials Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Synthesis and Properties of Ceramics I + II.

Numerous Master and Bechelor students have been supervised in the past and are currently supervised.

He has hosted and presently hosts guest researchers and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellows. Several of his former PhD students and postdocs have attained national and international Professor positions at TU Freiberg (Germany), TU Berlin (Germany), University of Texas at Austin (USA), Tianjin University (China), Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan).

  • 1992 Habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1986 Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1983 Diploma in Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2010-2018 Dean of the Department of Material- and Geosciences, TU Darmstadt
  • 2009-2010 Guest Professor at Technical University of Danzig, Poland
  • 06/2004 Guest Professor at the University of Rennes, France
  • 1997-1998 Guest Professor of Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA
  • 04/1993 Nomination to Full Professor, Institute of Materials Science, Research Group Dispersive Solids, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • 01/1990-12/1992 Post doc, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart
  • 07/1986-12/1989 Post doc, Max Planck-Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart
since 2020 Coordinator of EU Horizon 2020-project SIMBA (Sodium Ion and Sodium Metal Batteries)
since 2020 Co-Coordinator of DFG-Resaerch Training Group RTG 2561 "MatCom-ComMat“
since 2018 Associate member of the NSF-funded international PIRE project „Polymer-Derived Ceramic Fibers“
since 2018 Editor-in-Chief of the "Journal of the American Ceramic Society”
since 2016 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Ceramics International”
2011-2014 Coordinator of EU-ITN (Initial Training Network) “FUNEA” (Functional Nitrides for Energy Applications)
2007-2016 Scientific Advisor of German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)
2005-2011 Member of the DFG Senate Committee and the Approval Committee for the Research Training Groups
2004-2011 Coordinator of DFG-Priority Programm SPP 1181: „Nanoscaled Inorganic Materials by Molecular Design: New Materials for Advanced Technologies (NANOMAT)“
since 2002 Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society
2001-2019 Member of the Board of Trustees of Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
1983 Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Society, Germany
1999 Dionyz-Stur-Gold Medal for Merits in Natural Science, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Fellow of “The American Ceramic Society” (USA)
2004 Elected Member of the “World Academy of Ceramics”
2005 Guest Professor at the Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China
2006 Honorary Doctor (Dr. h. c.), Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2009 Honorary Professor (Prof. h. c.), Tianjin University, Tianjin, P.R. China
2012 Tammann-Gedenkmünze, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), Berlin, Germany
2013 Fellow of the European Ceramic Society
2014 Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2014 – 2017 Guest Professor at Xiamen University, China
2018 Elected Member, Nomination Committee, World Academy of Ceramics
2019 JSPS Fellowship Award for Research, Japan (Host: University of Tokyo, Prof. Y. Ikuhara)
2019 1000 Talents Innovation Award of Shaanxi Province, China (Prize: 0.5 Mio CNY, Host: Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi´an)
2020 International Ceramics Prize 2020 for “Basic Science” of the World Academy of Ceramics
2021 Honorary Professor (Prof. h. c.), Xiamen University, Xiamen, P.R. China
  • Wen, Q.; Yu, Z.; Riedel, R.; Ionescu, E.; Single-source-precursor synthesis and high-temperature evolution of a boron-containing SiC/HfC ceramic nano/micro composite; Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 41(5) (2021), 3002-3012.
  • Qu, F.; Graczyk-Zajac, M.; Vrankovic, D.; Chai, N.; Yu, Z.; Riedel, R.; Effect of morphology of C-rich silicon carbonitride ceramic on electrochemical properties of sulfur cathode for Li-S battery, Electrochimica Act, 384, (2021) 138265.
  • Bhat, S.; Lale, A.; Bernard, S.; Zhang, W.; Ishikawa, R.; Haseen, S.; Kroll, P.; Wiehl, L.; Farla, R.; Katsura, T.; Ikuhara, Y.; Riedel, R.; Discovery of Ternary Silicon Titanium Nitride with Spinel-Type Structure, Scientific Reports 10 (2020) 7372.
  • Wen, Q.; Yu, Z.; Xu, Y.; Lu, Y.; Fasel, C.; Morita, K.; Guillon, O.; Buntkowsky, G.; Ionescu, E.; Riedel, R.; SiC/HfyTa1-yCxN1-x/C ceramic nanocomposites with HfyTa1-yCxN1-x-carbon core-shell nanostructure and the influence of the carbon-shell thickness on electrical properties, J. Mater. Chem. C, 6(4) (2018) 855-864.
  • Vrankovic, D.; Graczyk-Zajac, M.; Kalcher, C.; Rohrer, J.; Becker, M.; Stabler, C.; Trykowski, G.; Albe, K.; Riedel, R.; Highly Porous Silicon Embedded in a Ceramic Matrix: A Stable High-Capacity Electrode for Li-Ion Batteries, ACS Nano, 11(11) (2017) 11409-11416.

Research Monographs

  • Riedel, R. & Chen, I-W. (Eds.), Ceramic Science & Technology, Volumes 1 – 4, Wiley-VCH-Verlag, Weinheim, 2008-2012.


a) Disclosed Patents

  • Tang, L.; Rosenburg, F.; Werthschützky, R.; Riedel, R.; Sensor für eine Gasturbine, ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG, 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow, DE; Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, DE, AZ DE 10 2018 208 003A1 (28.11.2019)
  • Vrankovic, D.; Storch, M.; Schitco, C.; Graczyk-Zajac, M.; Riedel, R.; Verfahren zum Herstellen poröser Keramiken und eines porösen Keramikprodukts, TU Darmstadt, AZ DE 10 2016 116 732.0 (08.03.2018).
  • Klausmann, A.; Riedel, R.; Messzelle, TU Darmstadt, AZ DE 10 2015 120 298.0 (24.05.2017).
  • Fergen, I.; Kolbe, W.; Kraft, M.; Harenburg, J.; Zschuppe, M.; Ionescu, E.; Riedel, R.; Beschichtungszusammensetzung für abriebbeständige und antiadhäsive Oberflächenbeschichtungen, FEW Chemicals GmbH, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, TU Darmstadt, AZ DE 10 2012 004 278.7 (04.10.2012).

b) Granted Patents

  • Fergen, I.; Kolbe, W.; Kraft, M.; Harenburg, J.; Zschuppe, M.; Ionescu, E.; Riedel, R.; Wear-resisting and anti-adhesion coating compound of surface coating, FEW Chemicals GmbH, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, TU Darmstadt, CN102732152A (02.12.2015).
  • Member of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG), Munic, Germany
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Frankfurt, Germany
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), Berlin, Germany
  • American Ceramic Society, USA
  • Materials Research Society, USA
  • Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft (DKG), Germany
1996 – 2001 European Regional Editor of Applied Organometallic Chemistry
1999 – 2016 Member of the Advisory Board of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM)
since 2001 Member of the Advisory Board of the „Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik (IGB), Stuttgart
since 2001 Member of the International Editorial Board of „Ceramics International“
since 2002 Associate Editor of the „Journal of the American Ceramic Society“
since 2003 Member of the „International Advisory Board of the Integrated Centre for Advanced Materials and Molecular Science" of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
2005 – 2007 Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan”
2005 – 2011 Coordinator of the DFG-Priority Program (SPP 1181) “Nanoscaled Inorganic Materials by Molecular Design” (NANOMAT); Budget: 7.5 Mio. €
2005 – 2011 Member of the DFG-Senate Committee on Research Training Groups
2006 – 2010 Elected Member of the Nomination Committee of the World Academy of Ceramics
2007 Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society”
2007 – 2016 Scientific Advisor of the German-Israeli-Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)
2011 – 2015 Coordinator of the EU-ITN (Initial Training Network) “FUNEA” (Functional Nitrides for Energy Applications); Budget: 3.5 Mio €
2014 – 2018 Elected Member of the Advisory Board of the World Academy of Ceramics
2016 – 2021 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Ceramics International”
since 2016 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology
April 2018 – March 2023 Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • Organizer, ISNT 2014, 8th International Symposium on Nitrides in Conjunction with the 7th International Workshop on Spinel Nitrides and Related Materials and the Marie Curie ITN 7th Framework Programme FUNEA 31st August to 5th September, 2014 Wildbad Kreuth, Germany
  • Topic Coordinator, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), September 27 – 29, 2016, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Co-Chair, 11th CICC (The International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics (CICC) series), Kunming, China, May 25-29, 2019.
  • Merck KGaA, Dr. Grottenmüller, Dr. Plüg: Polysilazane und anorganische Pigmente
  • Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik GmbH, Dr. Wamser: Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Daimler Benz AG, Dr. Vrankovic: Batteriematerialien
  • Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, Matthias Storch: Batteriematerialien
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit (LBF), Darmstadt, PD Dr. Alig: Dauerfestigkeit polymerer Werkstoffe
  • E-magy, Dr. Schönecker: Batteriematerialien
  • Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Dr. Strobach: Sensoren in Turbinen
  • DESY Hamburg, Dr. Shrikant Bhat: Hochdruckmaterialsynthese
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Navrotzky, Arizona State University, USA: Thermochemie
  • Prof. Dr. Rick Laine, University of Michigan, USA: Sprühpyrolyse
  • Prof. Dr. Xingang Luan, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China: Hochtemperaturkeramik
  • Prof. Dr. Qiangang Fu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China: Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Prof. Dr. Gurpreet Singh, Kansas State University, USA: Polymer-abgeleitete Keramikfasern
  • Prof. Dr. I-Wei Chen, University of Philadelphia, USA: Functional Materials Properties
  • Prof. Dr. Yuichi Ikuhara, University of Tokyo, Japan: Electron Microscopy
  • Prof. Dr. Isao Tanaka, University of Tokyo, Japan: Materials Modelling
  • Prof. Dr. Raj Bordia, Clemson University, USA: Materials Processing
  • Prof. Dr. Kathy Lu, Virginia Tech University, USA, Materials Processing
  • Prof. Dr. Pavol Sajgalik, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic: Materials Sintering
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Kroll, University of Texas, USA: Solid State Structure Modelling
  • Prof. Dr. Zhaoju Yu, Xiamen University, China: Single-Source Precursor Synthesis
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