Lemonade, juice and mineral water often come in PET bottles. While these are practical and functional, their production is complex and not necessarily sustainable. The starting material for terephthalic acid, which is used to produce saturated polyesters such as PET (Polyethylene terephthal ... more
Prof. Dr. Peter Seeberger
Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Abteilung Biomolekulare Systeme
born 1966, studied chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Colorado. After holding a post-doctorate position at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York City, he was Assistant Professor and Firmenich Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA from 1998 – 2002. Between 2003 and 2009, he was a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Since 2009, he has held the position of Director of the Department of Biomolecular Systems at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, and Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. His working group researches in the border area between chemistry and biology. In addition to ground-breaking inventions in the area of automatic syntheses of complex sugars, he is developing new synthesis methods (microreactors, among others) for the complete synthesis of biologically active compounds.