Bernhard Blümich

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Bernhard Blümich gained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1981. He spent a year as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, before joining the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as a staff scientist working on macromolecular chemistry. From 1984–1992, Blümich was a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, during which time he completed his Habilitation in physical chemistry. He took up his current position at the RWTH Aachen in 1993.

Blümich’s research focuses  in deciphering the macroscopic properties of polymer and porous materials including tangible cultural heritage by NMR on a microscopic and molecular basis. He was Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University and is cofounder and director of Magritek Ltd., a manufacturer of tabletop NMR spectrometers and the NMR-MOUSE. He developed and applied NMR methods for NMR spectroscopy of liquids and solids, NMR imaging of heterogeneous materials and fluid transport, and NMR relaxation and diffusion techniques. His recent work focuses on compact NMR instruments for non-destructive materials testing and high-resolution spectroscopy for chemical analysis.