Fuel cell technology is actually an “old hat”. The first fuel cell was developed by Sir William Grove in 1839; the first fuel cell stack was already introduced to the public in 1842 . Nevertheless, the innovative electro-chemical concept initially gathered dust in the drawer – it was defea ... more
Prof. Dr. Paul G. Layer
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Entwicklungsbiologie & Neurogenetik
Paul Layer born 1948 in Beutelsbach (near Stuttgart), studied Physics in Stuttgart from 1969 to 1973 and Nutritional Science in Hohenheim, graduating 1977-79 at the University of Constance under F. Hucho on the cholinergic receptor and cholinesterase.
This was followed by a stay in the US between 1977 and 1979 while doing a post-doctoral study at the Stanford School of Medicine. Here, he worked on the nerve growth factor NGF under E. Shooter. After returning to Germany, he examined the development of the brain and eye in chicken embryos at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen from 1980 to 1991. He remained at the University of Tübingen as a Heisenberg scholarship holder for the subject of zoology and was appointed a C4 professor for Developmental Biology & Neurogenetics for the Department of Biology. His research deals with the embryonic functions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, as well as with methods to cultivate retinal tissue with the use of suitable stem cells (Tissue Engineering). In 1986 and in 1990, cooperation with Chinese scientists brought him to the MPG Guest Laboratory in Shanghai for extended periods of time. Furthermore, he was a visiting professor for Cognitive & Brain Sciences at the University of Tsukuba in Japan in 1999.