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Dr. Volkmar Leonhard von Arnim

Personal Data

Date of Birth:            February 24th, 1967


1994                          Master (Diplom) in Polymer Chemistry , University of Freiburg, Germany

1997                          PhD, Institute for Makromolecular Chemistry University of Freiburg, Germany
supervised by Prof. Heino Finkelmann
Research (Thesis):
Synthesis and Phase Behaviour of New Carbazole Containing Liquid Crystal Side Chain Polysiloxanes”


2/1998 – 1/2000       University of Applied Science Göppingen
Plasma Treatment for Cleaning of Microsystem Components

since 2/2000            Institute for Textile Technology and Process Engineering Denkendorf
(Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik Denkendorf, ITV)
Plasma treatment of textiles in a continuous process at atmospheric pressure using Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD)
Development of superhydrophobic surfaces with self cleaning properties (Lotus-Effect®)

(currently on unpaid leave)

since 8/2003             MIT, Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory
Wetting properties and fluid dynamics on non wetting surfaces
Nano structured tough silk-like fibers

Research profile

Polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, surface modification, super hydrophobicity, biomimetics, Lotus-Effect®, plasma chemistry, fibrous materials, liquid crystals, environmental simulation,