Prof. Dr. Plank
  Professor Dr. Johann Plank
Full professor for construction chemistry

TU München
Lehrstuhl für Bauchemie
Lichtenbergstr. 4
85747 Garching

Tel.: +49 89 289 13150
Fax: +49 89 289 13152

Room: CH 57 310 

Curriculum vitae:

Course of studies    
1973 – 1978   study of chemistry at university in Regensburg
1979 – 1980   Ph. D. studies with Prof. Dr. W. A. Herrmann, organometallic chemistry
1982   OBAG award for outstanding dissertation

Industrial career    
1980   research chemist with SKW Trostberg AG, in the field of construction chemicals
1986   group leader construction chemicals
1997   head of research construction and oil-field chemicals
stays abroad in USA, Singapor and Japan

Academic career    
1995 – 2000   lectureship "Chemistry Management" at TU Munich
2001   appointment to the C4-professorship "Construction Chemicals", Faculity of Chemistry, TU Munich
managing director of the "Institute for Inorganic Chemistry"
2003   provisional representative of the chair for "Inorganic Chemistry with focus on New Materials" (Prof. Fässler)
2006   additional membership in faculty "Civil Engineering and Geodesy", TU Munich

Fields of research

  • inorganic binders (cement chemistry, silicates, aluminates, phosphates, CaSO4-phases)
  • organic binders (latex dispersions, epoxy resins, polyurethanes)
  • construction chemical admixtures (polycondensate resins, polycarboxylate, cellulose ethers, siloxanes, biopolymers)
  • colloid chemistry
  • interface and surface phenomena
  • zeta potential
  • nanochemistry, nanomaterials, composit materials


Guest lectures and research stays

  • TU Berlin, Prof. Bernd Hillemeier
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology, Prof. Sakai / Prof. Daimon
  • Tongji-Universität, Shanghai (China), Prof. Wang Peiming
  • Guest lecturer at National University of Singapore (NUS)


Honorary posts 

  • chairman of the GDCh section "Construction Chemicals“
  • member of the curatorium of the "Deutsches Museum", Munich
  • member of the board of the "Dr.-Ing. Leonhard Lorenz endowment"


Personal interests

  • classical music
  • languages (Arabic among others)
  • bicycle wandering 
  • traveling 
  • literature