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Prof. Dr. Ralf Riedel

Working area(s)

Dispersive Solids


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Work L1|08 407
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64287 Darmstadt

  • 1977-84 Study of Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), Diploma Thesis concerning „Versuche zur Reduktion von Aldehyden mit weißem Phosphor“ (supervisor.: Prof. Dr. E. Fluck)
  • 1984-86 Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, concerning „Weißer Phosphor als Edukt für die Synthese phosphororganischer Verbindungen“ (supervisor.: Prof. Dr. E. Fluck)
  • 1986-89 Post doc at the Max Planck-Institute for Metals Research, Institute for Materials Research, PML, Stuttgart
  • 1990-92 Post doc at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart with Habilitation 1992 concerning „Nicht-oxidische Keramiken aus anorganischen Vorstufen“ (supervisors.: Prof. Dr. G. Becker and Prof. Dr. F. Aldinger)
  • since 1993 Professor at the Institute of Materials Science, Dispersive Solid Group, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
  • WS 1997/98 Visiting Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • June/July 2005 Visiting Professor at the University of Rennes, France (Prof. Dr. Tanguy Rouxel)

Scientific organisations

  • European Regional Editor of "Applied Organometallic Chemistry" (1996-2001)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the "German Society of Materials Science (DGM)" (since 1999)
  • 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 2001)
  • Associate Editor of the "Journal of American Ceramic Society" (since 2002)
  • 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 (since 2003)
  • Coordinator of the DFG-Priority Program (SPP 1181) “Nanoscaled Inorganic Materials by Molecular Design (NANOMAT)" (since 2005)
  • Member of the DFG-Senate Committee on Research Training Groups (sincet 2005)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan” (2005-2007)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of the Chinese Ceramic Society” (since 2007)
  • Scientific Advisor of the "German-Israeli-Foundation for Scientific Research and Development" (since 2007)
  • Nomination as Member of the Searching Commission of the "German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)" (2006-2009)
  • Elected Member of the Nomination Committee of the "World Academy of Ceramics" (2006-2010)

Awards and Honours

  • Doctoral Fellowship from Max Planck Society, Germany (1983)
  • Dionyz-Stur-Gold Medal for Merits in Natural Science, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (1999)
  • Fellow of “The American Ceramic Society” (USA) (2000)
  • Member of the “World Academy of Ceramics” (2004)
  • Nomination as Guest Professor at the Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, P.R. China (2005)
  • Honorary Doctor (Dr. h. c.) of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (2006)
  • Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) of the Tianjin University, Tianjin, P.R. China (2009)

Most Important Publications of the Last 5 Years

1. Ionescu, E.; Linck, C.; Fasel, C.; Müller, M.; Kleebe, H.-J.; Riedel, R.; Polymer-Derived SiOC/ZrO2 Ceramic Nanocomposites with Excellent High-Temperature Stability, J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., published online on october 29, 2009.

2. Riedel, R.; Toma, L.; Fasel, C.; Miehe, G.; Polymer-derived mullite-SiC-based nanocomposites, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 29 (2009) 3079-3090.

3. Mera, G.; Riedel, R.; Poli, F.; Müller, K.; Carbon-rich SiCN ceramics derived from phenyl-containing poly(silylcarbodiimides), J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 29 (2009) 2873-2883.

4. Riedel, R.; Horvath-Bordon, E; Kroll, P.; Miehe, G.; Dzivenko, D.; Kleebe, H.J.; van Aken, P.A.; Lauterbach, S.; Novel binary and ternary phases in the Si-C-N system, J. Ceram. Soc. Jap. 116 (2008) 674-680.

5. Moysan, C.; Riedel, R.; Harshe, R.; Rouxel, T.; Augereau, F.; „Mechanical Characterization of a Polysiloxane-Derived SiOC Glass, J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. 27 (2007) 397-403.

6. Li, J.; Riedel, R.; Carbothermal Reaction of Silica-Phenol Resin Hybrid Gels to Produce Silicon Nitride/Silicon Carbide Nanocomposite Powders, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 90 (2007) 3786-3792.

7. Ischenko, V.; Harshe, R.; Riedel, R.; Woltersdorf, J.; Cross-Linking of Functionalised Siloxanes with Alumatrane: Reaction Mechanisms and Kinetics, J. Organomet. Chem. 691 (2006) 4086-4091.

8. Kinski, I.; Miehe, G.; Heymann, G.; Theissmann, R.; Riedel, R.; Huppertz, H.; Highpressure synthesis of a gallium oxonitride with a spinel-type structure, Zeit. F. Naturf. Section B-A, J. of Chem. Sciences 60 (8) (2005) 831-836.

9. Kinski, I.; Maurer, F.; Winkler, H.; Riedel, R.; Synthesis of InxGa1-xN solid solutions, Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 220 (2-3) (2005) 196-200.