Fraunhofer ISC Director Prof. Dr Gerhard Sextl Retires

On 1 April 2024, Prof. Dr Gerhard Sextl retired as Institute Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg (DE). Since February 2006, he has actively shaped the development of the Fraunhofer ISC and redefined its course. Under his leadership, the institute has grown considerably, successfully established new research and technology fields around the core competence of chemistry-based materials development and has also developed into a leading center of materials research in the field of energy and resource efficiency in Germany.

In 2006 G. Sextl was appointed to the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg, where he held the chair of “Chemical Technology of Materials Synthesis” and simultaneously took over the management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg. This Institute is also home to the Fraunhofer Research and Development Centre for Electromobility Bavaria and the Fraunhofer Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS, which G. Sextl founded in Alzenau in 2011. His strategic orientation has made battery research a central research area at Fraunhofer ISC and has played a key role in shifting the focus of European politics and industry towards its own battery cell production.

One of G. Sextl’s particular concerns was to support the traditional ceramics industry in north-east Bavaria. Through his involvement in setting up the Fraunhofer Centre for High-Temperature Lightweight Construction in Bayreuth, he is promoting structural change in the industry and opening up new technical fields of application for special ceramics.

Until the conclusion of the ongoing appointment procedure for the chair at the University of Würzburg and the Institute management of the Fraunhofer ISC, the Deputy Institute Directors Dr Thomas Hofmann, Prof. Dr Karl Mandel and Prof. Dr Friedrich Raether will manage the business on an interim basis.


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