The MPI-CI is a leading research Institute of the Max Planck Society in Potsdam/ near Berlin focussing on Material Science under special concern of nanostructures and their functional interfaces (colloids and interfaces). The Institute has a long track record in European research programs and has an overall 3. Party funding of about 7 M€/ year. The institute is also involved in higher teaching in the areas chemistry, physics, and engineering. It has about 100 graduate students overall, which are mentored together with the local universities. A special asset is the IMPRS-school (International Max Planck Research School) which hosts mainly international students, is held in English, and provides beside disciplinary education- also general and soft skills for a better education of the PhD-body.

Markus Antonietti, has studied Chemistry in Mainz and did his doctorate with Hans Sillescu. His habilitation about nanostructured polymergels in 1990 fueled his enthusiasm for complex materials. After a professorship for Chemistry at the University of Marburg he was appointed director for the department of Colloid Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in 1993. Markus Antonietti’s contributions to the chemical community comprise many things, but first of all he is interested in the creativity in research. He loves to share and impart this passion. He likes cooking and loud music. Prof. Antonietti has published ca. 750 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 172.

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