Prof. Dr. habil. Dirk W. Schubert

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Chair of Polymer Materials

Room: Room 1.69
Martensstr. 7
91058 Erlangen

Work experience

seit 09/2010 W3 Professor, Lehrstuhlinhaber für Polymerwerkstoffe Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

01/2008 – 08/2010 Direktor Prozessentwicklung, Freudenberg Vliesstoffe KG, Kaiserslautern

10/2006 – 12/2007 Entwicklungsleiter Hygiene-Medikal Produkte, Freudenberg Vliesstoffe KG, Weinheim

02/2003 – 09/2006 Leiter der Abteilung Nanotechnologie, Freudenberg Forschungsdienste KG, Weinheim

11/2000 – 01/2003 Projektleiter in der Abteilung, Angew. Physik, Freudenberg Forschungsdienste KG, Weinheim

06/1998 – 10/2000 Leiter der Neutronenstreuung, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

02/1997 – 05/1998 Post Doc, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Prof. R. Bormann

07/1996 – 01/1997 Post Doc am Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Prof. E. W. Fischer


12/1992 – 06/1996 Promotion am Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz

11/1985 – 01/1992 Physik, Universität Würzburg, Diplom, Prof. Häfele

Awards and more responsibilities

seit 2016 KeyLab coordinator KeyLab “Advanced Fiber Technologies” des Bayerischen Polymerinstitutes

2002 Best Lecture Award, International Conference on Polymer Characterization

1999 First Award for a Young Polymer Investigator, International Conference on Polymer Characterization


Appointed expert of the EU commissions

  • Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks SCENIHR – The Safety of PIP
  • Silicone Breast Implants
  • Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks SCENIHR – The safety of medical devices containing DEHP-plasticized PVC or other plasticizers on neonates and other groups possibly at risk“

Reviewer in international litigation, DFG, AIF

  • : Paul J. Flory Research Preis (Polychar 27–Forum) – 2019
  • , , , : Poster Preis (Bayreuther Polymer Symposium 2013) – 2013

Anleitung zu wiss. Arbeiten (AWA)

Übung (UE)

Hauptseminar (HS)

Masterseminar (MAS)

Vorlesung (VORL)

Sonstige Lehrveranstaltung (SL)

A07 | Fiber-reinforced hydrogels

The subproject deals with the bilateral task of improved shape fidelity and cell viability in biofabrication by applying fiber-reinforced hydrogels as bioinks. Thereby, fiber fragments which can be used both, as cell carriers and for matrix-reinforcement, are produced by electrospinning. Strikingly, the morphology of the fibers plays a significant role for cell behavior (adhesion, proliferation, alignment) as well as for the rheological and mechanical properties of the composite (flow behavior, spreading kinetics, strength), which will be investigated analytically within the project. The obtained results will allow for a systematic improvement of bioinks, which can furthermore be transferred to other materials.