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Professor Werner Kunz

Head of the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and

Chair of the Department of Physical Chemistry II


Curriculum Vitae 

Family name, First name: KUNZ, Werner
Date of birth: October 30, 1960. Married, 2 children.
Nationality: German
Research ID: D-2847-2009; ORCHID: orcid.org/0000-0002-9463-632X
Publications: 283; Citations: >9800;  H-Index 51
URL for website: http://www.uni-regensburg.de/chemistry-pharmacy/solution-chemistry-kunz/


1988               PhD, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Regensburg,                              Germany
1985               Diploma of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University                           of  Regensburg, Germany    


2012 -            Head of the Carl-von-Carlowitz Centre of Sustainable Chemistry,                             Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Regensburg,                                      Germany      

1997 -            Full Professor of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry                              and  Pharmacy, University of Regensburg, German


1993-1997      Professor of Technical Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of                                     Chemical Engineering (1996-97) at the Université de Technologie                                de Compiègne, France (as youngest professor in the discipline in                             France)                                                                            1988-1992      Research fellow at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France                              and at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, CEA, Saclay, France        


2019               Steinkopff award of the German Colloidal Society for sustainable                         formulations

2014               Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize of the Humboldt association, selection                             by the French Academy of Sciences
2012              Rhodia-Prize of the European Colloid and Interface Society for                                      “opening  a new experimental area at the interface between micellar                             solutions, ionic liquids and concentrated ionic solutions”
2000 –            Corresponding member of the European Academy of Science and Arts                           (Paris, London)
Since 1993     Several guest professorships (in France, Belgium, Israel, USA, Australia)
1988-89        Fellowship of the European Union
1990              NATO research fellowship
1991              Research fellowship given by Elf Aquitaine
1992              Research Fellowship from CEA
1988              Award of the “Fond der Chemischen Industrie” for the PhD thesis
1980-88        Graduate fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes including                         a PhD research grant


1993-2017     7 Postdocs / 41 PhD students / 76 Diploma and Master Students at the                        Université de Technologie de Compiègne (until 1997) and at                                         Regensburg University


Since 1993     Teaching Physical and (to a minor extent) Technical Chemistry at all                             levels from first year Physical Chemistry classes to specialised graduate                        seminars.
Since 2004     Founder and head of the European Master programme “Complex                                 Condensed Materials and Soft Matter”, a joint program together                                   with universities in France and Italy.
Since 2016     Specialised open online courses about solution and liquid formulation                          chemistry available on the FUN Platform (France Université                                            Numérique),  a co-edition of INSTN and the Université de Montpellier,                           France.
Since 2000     public outreach: lectures at grammar schools
Since 2012      public outreach: public expositions, panel discussions and public                                  lectures on sustainable chemistry


2009              Organizer and Chairman of the European “Water” Conference at                                    Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany (about 250 participants)
2004              Organizer and Chairman of the symposium “Specific Ion Effects” in                                Regensburg (about 60 participants)
2000              Organizer and Chairman of the Biannual Meeting of the European                                 Molecular Liquid Group (about 200 participants), Regensburg, Germany


2012 –            Head of the Carl-von-Carlowitz Centre of Sustainable Chemistry,                                 Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Regensburg, Germany
2008 – 2009   Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of                                       Regensburg


Since 2015    Member of several Scientific Advisory Boards of start-up companies in                         chemistry.
Since 2014     Frequent reviewer of French ANR projects
2005 –          Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trimatec competitiveness                       cluster, France
1997 – 2007  Scientific Co-Editor of the Journal of Molecular Liquids (Current IF: 3.65)
Since 2000   Head of the University’s associate institute SKH GmbH in charge of                              industrial transformation and commercialisation of academic                                        invention in chemistry
Since 1998   Reviewer for all major chemistry and scientific journals (Angewandte,                            Nature, Science, PNAS …)


                   German Chemical Society (GdCH), German Bunsen Society of Physical                            Chemistry (DBG), European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), German                       Colloidal Society (Kolloid-Gesellschaft), DECHEMA


                    Prof. Thomas Zemb and Dr. Oliver Diat, ICSM, Marcoule, France on                             microemulsions and weak interactions
                    Prof. Juan-Manuel Garcia-Ruiz, Granada, Spain, on biomorphs and                                chemical gardens
                    Prof. Barry Ninham, ANU, Canberra, Australia, on specific ion effects
                    Prof. Dominik Horinek, Regensburg University, on simulation of                                      nanostructured liquids
                    Prof. Gordon Tiddy, UMIST, Manchester, UK, on extended surfactants
                    Profs. Jean-Marie Aubry and Véronique Rataj, Lille University, France, on                      solution and formulation chemistry                                                                               Dr. Elena N. Tsurko, Charkiw University, Ukraine on specific ion effects

Research monographs

     1.  W. Kunz(Editor), Specific Ion Effects, World Scientific Publishing,                                  Singapore(2010), 325 pages.
     2.   J.Tsurko and W. Kunz (Editors), Thermodynamics of Amino Acid and Protein               Solutions, Research Signpost (2010), 207 pages.
     3.    4 book chapters written since 2008.


Granted patents: 8 patents filed since 2008.

Invited presentations to internationally established conferences /international advanced schools

Since 2012:  (invited lecture: IL, plenary lecture: PL)

  • Okinawa Colloids 2019, November 2019, Okinawa, Japan, IL
  • Biannual Meeting of the German Colloidal Society, September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany, PL
  • TeBio Symposium on sustainable bio-based surfactants, July 2919, Paris, France, IL
  • Jubilee Seminar: The importance of materials in society, May 2019, Stockholm, Sweden, IL
  • International workshop on alternative solvents, September 2017, Lyon, France, IL
  • XI. Erwin Schrödinger Symposium, June 2017, Vienna, Austria, IL
  • PROMETHEUS Meeting, April 2017, Granada, Spain, IL
  • Symposium CHEMWOOD, March 2017, Grenoble, France, IL
  • World Conference on Formulation “Formula VIII”, July 2016, Barcelona, Spain, PL
  • Autumn School “The Physical Chemistry of Green Chemistry”, November 2015, Montpellier, France, IL
  • Slovenian Chemical Days, September 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia, PL
  • 10th World Surfactant Congress, CESIO, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2015, PL
  • Symposium “Formulation et Développement Durable”, December 2014, Lille, France
  • Symposium of the KTN Biopharmaceutical Formulation Group, July 2014, Manchester, UK, IL
  • Indo-German workshop on surfactants and amphiphilic polymers in nanotechnology, March 2014, Chandigarh, India, IL
  • SEPAWA World Surfactant Congress, October 2013, Fulda, Germany, IL
  • Humboldt Conference “Chemistry and Life”, May 2013, Poltava, Ukraine, IL
  • VII Palestinian International Chemistry Conference, March 2013, Birzeit, Palestine, PL
  • Symposium on Hydration and ATP energy, March 2013, Sendai, Japan, IL
  • Annual Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), September 2012, Malmö, Sweden, PL
  • VII European Summer School on supramolecular, intermolecular, interaggregate interactions and separation chemistry, July 2012, Moscow, Russia, IL
  • Summer School and Workshop on Coulomb Many-Body

Regensburg, August 2020



The following list is a selection of The publications of Prof. W. Kunz. You can find the full publication list under the Button "Pubilcations".

  1. Werner Kunz, Eva Maurer, Regina Klein, Didier Touraud, Doris Rengstl, Agnes Harrar, Susanne Dengler, Low Toxic Ionic Liquids, Liquid Catanionics, and Ionic Liquid Microemulsions, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology 32(12) (2011) 1694-1699.Online verfügbar unter: http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/24288/
  2. Bernhard Smutek, Werner Kunz Frédéric Goettmann, Hydrothermal alkylation of phenols with alcohols in diluted acids, Comptes Rendus Chimie 15(1) (2012)96-101. Online verfügbar unter: http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/24261/
  3. Matthias Kellermeier, Werner Kunz, Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, Growth behavior and kinetics of self-assembled silica-carbonate biomorphs, Chemistry – A European Journal 18 (2012) 2272 – 2282.Online verfügbar unter: http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/24262/
  4. Andrey V. Kustov, Nataliya L. Smirnova, Roland Neueder, Werner Kunz, Amino acid solvation in aqueous kosmotrope solutions – temperature dependence of the L-histidine-glycerol interaction, J. Phys. Chem. B 116 (2012) 2335-2329.  Online verfügbar unter: http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/24263/
  5. Glaab, Fabian und Kellermeier, Matthias und Kunz, Werner und Morallon, Emila      und Garcia-Ruiz, Juan Manuel (2012) Formation and Evolution of Chemical Gradients and Potential Differences Across Self-Assembling Inorganic Membranes. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 51 (18), S. 4317-4321 Online verfügbar unter: http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/24264/

  2. Solution Chemistry Group

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