Prof. Holger Frauenrath

Associate Professor

Holger Frauenrath (born in Aachen, Germany) studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen , Germany from 1992 to 1997, with a focus on synthetic organic chemistry. He performed his PhD thesis from 1998 to 2001 in the research group of Prof Hartwig Höcker at RWTH Aachen, working on a project related to the stereospecific polymerization of methacrylates as well as their copolymerization with olefins using zirconocene catalysts.

Holger Frauenrath then joined the group of Prof. Sam Stupp at Northwestern University , Evanston, IL, USA, as a postdoctoral fellow supported by a Feodor Lynen fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation . His postdoctoral research projects were centered around the supramolecular self-assembly of rod-coil molecules.

Holger Frauenrath returned to Germany in 2003 and started to build his own research group at FU Berlin, funded with an Emmy Noether Grant from the German Science Foundation . In 2005, the research group moved to the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich , Switzerland, where it became a scientifcally independent part of the Polymer Chemistry Group led by Prof. A. Dieter Schlüter . Holger Frauenrath obtained his Habilitation from ETH Zurich in 2009.

In 2009, Holger Frauenrath has been appointed as a professor at the Institute of Materials (IMX) of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) , Switzerland, building the new Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Materials (LMOM) . In the same year, Holger Frauenrath was received the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Investigator grant.


Research Area

In the research of his group, Holger Frauenrath has aimed to combine his expertise in organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, and polymer science in different research projects that have a common focus on the preparation and characterization of nanostructured organic and macromolecular materials. The common theme is to mimic the methods of hierarchical structure formation observed in biomaterials, and transfer them to synthetic materials with properties unknown in biology, such as semiconductivity. The current research projects include investigations on spider-silk mimicking polymers, hydrogen-bonded π-conjugated oligomers and polymers, as well as carbonaceous materials from molecular precursors.


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1015 Lausanne