Prof. Dr Matthias Rehahn

The Vice Presidents of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Professor Dr Matthias Rehahn

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rehahn. Bild: Jan-Christoph Hartung
Professor Matthias Rehahn. Picture: Jan-Christoph Hartung

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

What I am working on…

TU Darmstadt already recognises the transfer of knowledge and technology into the economy and society as one of its core tasks in an exemplary way. This is the most important result of ongoing efforts in recent years.

Examples include diverse cooperation with businesses, highly structured procedures for exploiting IP, valuable strategic partnerships with major enterprises, the collaborative laboratory model, the alumni network and the various activities of the Friends of TU Darmstadt. In a systematic way, I would like to maintain these elements of transfer, as well as promote and enhance them further.

All past successes aside, I can see much untapped potential as well as the need for even more precisely defined profiles, processes and controls. If TU Darmstadt wants to live up not only to its claim to excellence in teaching and research, but also to excellence in the transfer of achievements and findings, it is necessary to intensify cooperation with non-university research institutions. We also need new concepts for working more effectively with small and medium-sized companies in particular, both in Germany and beyond.

In terms of forging links with non-university research organisations, I would like to place particular emphasis on building new bridges with Max Planck and Helmholtz institutes. In the process we must not neglect our established alliances with Fraunhofer institutes and should also give these added weight by increasing mutual added value and the sustainability of these relationships.

To promote collaboration with commercial enterprises, a transparent transfer profile needs to be developed along the lines of the research profile. This should give TU Darmstadt another uniquely distinctive 'face'. Greater systematisation of what we offer should be supported by a binding set of rules for organising collaborative projects and measures to ensure the long-term viability of transfer-related expertise within departments and specialist fields.

Enhancing our portfolio and profile for collaboration in this way needs to be combined with more intensive communication of transfer successes to businesses, policy makers and society in general. For this purpose, too, it is necessary to develop effective strategies and tools. Based on a more visible transfer profile and related successes, alumni activities should also be boosted of their own accord and an efficient system of scholarships and fundraising should be developed.

Curriculum vitae

born 1961

1981 – 1986

1987 – 1990


1990 – 1993

1993 – 1994

1994 – 1997


1997 – 1998

1999 to date

1999 – 2012

2012 – 2015

Diplom degree in Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz

Doctorate, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Research associate at the Polymer Institute, University of Karlsruhe

Postdoctoral scientist at the Institute for Polymers, ETH Zurich

Research associate at the Polymer Institute, University of Karlsruhe

Post-doctoral qualification to teach at professorial level / in higher education, University of Karlsruhe

Substitute C4 professorship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Professorship at the Ernst Berl Institute for Technical Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry and head of the Polymer Chemistry subject area at TU Darmstadt

Head of the German Plastics Institute (DKI), Darmstadt

Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Darmstadt, (successor institute to the DKI) and head of the Plastics Division

Academic autonomy at TU Darmstadt

2001 – 2002

2002 – 2003

2003 – 2007

2003 to date

Vice Chairperson, Academic Affairs, Department of Chemistry

Deputy Chairperson, Department of Chemistry

Departmental Chairperson, Department of Chemistry

Adjunct membership of the Department of Materials and Earth Sciences

Positions within scientific organisations

2003 to date

2004 – 2010

2010 to date

2008 to date

2012 to date

2005 – 2014

2008 – 2014

2015 to date

2005 – 2015

Professional expert for the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), expert group 1 (materials)

Deputy chairperson of AiF expert group 1

Chairperson of AiF expert group 1 (materials)

Member of the AiF scientific council and presidium

Elected member of the executive committee and Vice-President of the AiF

Member of the technical scientific council of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany

Chairperson of the technical scientific council of the HZG, Geesthacht

Member of the supervisory board of the HZG, Geesthacht

Member of the technical scientific council of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF), Dresden