Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schütze

Institute Director

Contact Address

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schütze
Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
D-60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Tel.: +49-(0)69-7564-337
Fax: +49-(0)69-7564-388
E-mail: schuetze at


born 23. October 1952, married, 2 children


Diploma: 1978, Engineer of Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Doctoral Degree: 1983, Doctor of Engineering Sciences, Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany
Habilitation: 1991, University Teaching Qualification, Technical University of Aachen (RWTH)
Professor: 1998 - today, High Temperature Materials, Faculty Member Georesources and Material Technology at Technical University of Aachen (RWTH)


  • 1978-1990, Research Scientist at the Karl-Winnacker-Institut of DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1991 - today, Head of the High Temperature Materials Research Group and the service groups Metallography, Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis of the Institute
  • 1993, Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (Prof. Michael J. Graham) of the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Ottawa
  • 1996-2007, Director Materials at the Karl-Winnacker-Institut
  • 2008-2012, Executive Director of the Karl-Winnacker-Institut
  • 2012 - today, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Civil Law Foundation "DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut"
  • High Temperature Corrosion (Oxidation, Nitridation, Carburization, Metal Dusting, Sulphidation, Halogenization, Synergies)
  • Mechanical Properties of Surface Scales and Coatings
  • Interaction of Corrosion and Creep
  • Development and Investigation of Protective Coatings (Sputter Coatings, Thermal Spray Coatings, Multi-elemental Co-Diffusion Coatings, Thermal Barrier Coatings, Nano-Coatings, High Temperature Sensor Coatings)
  • Intermetallics
  • Beneficial Halogen Effect for Al-containing Alloys
  • 1991, Friedrich-Wilhelm Award of the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH)
  • 1999, Elected conference chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on Corrosion
  • 2000, Rahmel-Schwenk-Medal of GfKORR - Society for Corrosion Protection
  • 2004, Otto von Guericke-Award of AiF - German Federation of Industrial Research Associations
  • 2010, Cavallaro Medal, jointly awarded by the University of Ferrara and the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC)
  • 2012, U.R. Evans Award - Institute of Corrosion, UK
  • Co-editor of "Materials and Corrosion"; Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 1995 - today
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of "Oxidation of Metals", Springer, New York, 1995 - today
  • Member of the Editorial Board of "Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology", Maney, Leeds, 2003 - today
  • Member of the Editorial Board of "Materials at High Temperatures", Science Reviews, St. Albans, 2008 - today
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "The Open Corrosion Journal", Bentham Science, Oak Park, 2008 - today
  • Member of the Editorial Board of "International Journal of Corrosion", Hindawi, New York, 2008 - today
  • Technical University of Aachen (RWTH)
    Corrosion Science and Surface Technology (university education for students)
    1993 - today
  • German Society of Steelmakers (VDEh)
    High Temperature Corrosion for Managers in Steel Industry (continuing professional development for industry)
    1992 - today
  • German Society for Materials Science (DGM)
    High Temperature Corrosion and Mechanical Stresses (continuing professional development for industry)
    1991 - today
  • Society for Chemical Technology (DECHEMA)
    Corrosion, Materials Science and Damage Evaluation (continuing professional development for industry)
    1983 - today
Organisation of Events as Chairman:
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Cyclic Oxidation of High Temperature Materials", Frankfurt/Main, 25-26 February 1999
  • Gordon Research Conference on Corrosion, New London/NH, 18-23 July 1999 (Elected Conference Chairman)
  • EUROCORR '99, Aachen, 30 August - 2 September 1999 (chairman of the organizing committee)
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Life Time Modelling of High Temperature Corrosion Processes" Frankfurt/Main, 22-23 February 2001
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Metal Dusting, Carburisation and Nitridation", Frankfurt/Main, 30-31 January 2002
  • European Workshop on "Diffusion Modelling", Frankfurt/Main, 17-18 December 2003
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Novel Approaches to the Improvement of High Temperature Corrosion Resistance", Frankfurt/Main, 27-29 October 2004
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Protective Systems for High Temperature Applications: From Theory to Industrial Implementation", Frankfurt/Main, 12-13 October 2006
  • European Federation of Corrosion Workshop "Solutions for High Temperature Corrosion Protection in Energy Conversion Systems", Frankfurt/Main, 30 September - 2 October 2009
  • Topical Conference Sessions of the European Federation of Corrosion Working Party 3 "Corrosion by Hot Gases and Combustion Products" in the programmes of
  • EUROCORRs 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (as EFC-working party chairman)
Committee Work:

European Federation of Corrosion (EFC)

  • President 2005-2008
  • Working Party Chairman of WP 3 "Corrosion by Hot Gases and Combustion Products", 1998 - today
  • Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee, 1998 - today
  • Member of the Board of Administrators, 2005 - today

World Corrosion Organisation (WCO)

  • President 2007-2010
  • Member of the Board of Directors, 2007 - today

International Standards Organization (ISO)

  • Work group convenor of ISO TC 156 WG 13 "High Temperature Corrosion", 2002 - 2015

European commission (EC)

  • Project Coordinator of COTEST, 2002-2005
  • Proposal evaluator in several programmes
  • Research contractor in several programmes

Society for Corrosion Protection (GfKORR)

  • Managing Director 2001-2003 (honorary)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, 1996 - today
  • Committee Chairman of AK 20 "Corrosion Protection at Elevated Temperatures", 2004 - today

German Accreditation Society for Chemical Industry (DACH)

  • Member of examination group SK3 "Materials Testing", 1996 - today

Industry and Trade Chamber (IHK)

  • Member of the examination board for certified corrosion experts in Germany, 1996 - today

German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

  • Member of research proposal evaluation committee GAG 1 "Metallic Materials", 2003 - today

German Science Foundation (DFG)

  • Proposal evaluator for research projects and special research area groups (SFB)
  • Co-Initiator of the research program SPP 1299 "HAUT" (High Temperature Functional Surfaces), 2006

ATZ Research Center

  • Vice-chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, 2004-2012


  • Member of the Advisory Board, 2007 - today

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und prüfung (BAM)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board "Materials and Technical Systems", 2007 - today

ASM, DECHEMA, DGM, DKG, E-MRS, GfKORR, ICorr (Fellow), IoM (Fellow), MRS, NACE, TMS, VDEh, VDI

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