A. Dieter Schlüter has been full professor of polymer chemistry at the Department of Materials at ETH Zürich since spring 2004.
Born in Germany, he studied chemistry and geophysics at the University of Munich (LMU) and received a doctorate in organic chemistry with Prof. G. Szeimies in 1984. After post-doctoral work with Prof. K.P.C. Vollhardt (UC Berkeley) and Prof. W.J. Feast (U of Durham, England), he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz in 1986, where he concentrated on preparative macromolecular chemistry in the department of Prof. G. Wegner. In 1991, he received a habilitation in organic chemistry at the University of Mainz. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Dozentenstipendium of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and was briefly an associate professor at the Polymer Institute of the University of Karlsruhe before accepting a chair professorship (succeeding Prof. G. Manecke) for organic and macromolecular chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1992, where he remained until spring 2004.
Dieter Schlüter is an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW). He held and still holds numerous functions in organizations, on boards and as journal and volume editor. His research focuses on polymer synthesis with a visible component from organic and supramolecular chemistry. Particularly, it is directed towards methodological aspects leading to novel macromolecular structures as well as dimensionality aspects of the same.