Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 292, Issue 8, pp 1737–1741 | Cite as

A personal appreciation of the career, thus far, of Professor Friedrich Kremer

  • Graham Williams

It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to contribute this Foreword to the Special Issue of Colloid and Polymer Science which, on the occasion of his 65th birthday, honours Professor Friedrich Kremer for his outstanding contributions to the development of the journal and to fundamental knowledge in the fields of polymer materials science, ferroelectrics and biophysical sciences, achieved using sophisticated physical techniques.

He is perhaps best known for his developments of modern Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) and its many applications, especially those concerned with dielectric relaxation of polymeric materials and their molecular dynamics. As we shall see, his recent researches have extended into areas well-beyond that very large field of study.

In the following, I summarise very briefly his eminent scientific career thus far, giving sufficient technical detail in order that the nature, depth and breadth of his achievements may be fully appreciated.

Born in Lower Saxony...


Liquid Crystalline Optical Tweezer Goldstone Mode Spider Silk Liquid Crystalline Material 
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    Kremer F, Vallerien SU, Kapitza H, Zentel R (1990) A molecular gyroscope based on the Goldstone mode in ferroelectric liquid crystals. Phys Lett 146:273CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Tress M, Mapesa EU, Kossack W, Kipnusu WK, Reiche M, Kremer F (2013) Glassy dynamics in condensed isolated polymer chains. Science 341:1371CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Mapesa EU, Tress M, Schulz G, Huth H, Schick C, Reiche M, Kremer F (2013) Segmental and chain dynamics in nanometric layers of poly(cis-1,4-isoprene) as studied by broadband dielectric spectroscopy and temperature-modulated calorimetry. Soft Matter 9:10592CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Salomo M, Kroy K, Kegler K, Gutsche C, Struhalla M, Reinmuth J, Skokov W, Immisch C, Hahn U, Kremer F (2006) Binding of TmHU to single dsDNA as observed by optical tweezers. J Mol Biol 359:769CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Kremer F, Schönhals A (eds) (2003) Broadband dielectric spectroscopy. Springer, Berlin. ISBN 978-3-642-62809-2. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-56120-7
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    Kremer F (guest ed) (1998) Special issue on ferroelectric polymers. Polym Adv Technol 9(10-11):591–822Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Williams
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  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of ChemistryUniversity of Wales, SwanseaSwanseaUK

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