The Vice President of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Rehahn

Vice President, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Alumni Relations and Fundraising.

The TU Darmstadt sees the industrial and societal transfer of knowledge and technology as one of its core tasks. In addition to an abundance of partially bilaterally and partially federally funded projects, successful, established transfer elements include, in particular, numerous cooperations with companies in the context of strategic partnerships and cooperative laboratories. Also highly effective are structured IP exploitation and the alumni network and the broad range of activities of the Association of Friends of TU Darmstadt e.V.

TU Darmstadt offers further potential for establishing even more intensified transfer activities.

Here, an important element is a more precise definition of profiles, processes and regulations. To intensify cooperation with non-university research institutions, established cooperation with Fraunhofer Institutes will be supplemented by new bridges to Max Planck and Helmholtz facilities.

In addition to new cooperative concepts with small and medium-sized companies, the development of a transparent transfer profile will promote cooperation with companies. Of significance here is a systematisation of offers with binding rules and regulations for the design of cooperative relationships and measures for the sustainable safeguarding of transfer-relevant know-how in the different departments and areas of expertise.

This sharpening of the portfolio of offers and cooperative profile also serves to improve the communication of transfer success in business, politics and society through effective new strategies and tools.

Based on the increased visibility of the transfer profile and its successes, of at least equal significance is that an acceleration of expansion of the alumni network and its activities will be achieved and a high-performance scholarship and fundraising system developed.

born 1961
1981 – 1986 Diplom degree in Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
1987 – 1990 Doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz
1996 Post-doctoral qualification to teach at professorial level / in higher education, University of Karlsruhe
seit 1999 Professor at TU Darmstadt
1999 – 2012 Head of the German Plastics Institute (DKI), Darmstadt
2004 – 2008 Professional expert for the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), expert group 1 (materials)
2010 – 2018 Chairperson of AiF expert group 1 (materials)
2012 – 2016 Vice-President of the AiF
2008 – 2014 Chairperson of the technical scientific council of the HZG, Geesthacht
2005 – 2015 Member of the technical scientific council of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF), Dresden
2006 to date Stellvertretender Vorsitzender oder Vorsitzender des Dechema-Arbeitsausschusses „Polymere“