Prof Franz J Wortmann

Emeritus Professor

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Franz J Wortmann graduated in Chemistry from RWTH Aachen (Germany) in 1978. He obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry with Prof. H. Zahn at DWI (German Wool Research Institute, Aachen, 1981). During and after his PhD-studies he spent 3 years as Visiting Scholar at CSIRO Division of Textile Physics and at the School of Textile Technology of the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia). In 1983 he re-joined DWI as Research Group Leader and in 1995 became Head of Department for "Special Fibre Analytics & Cosmetics". In 1991 he obtained his habilitation (venia legendi) for chemistry at RWTH Aachen and became Adjunct Professor in 1997. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Fibre and Textile Technology at the School of Materials of the University of Manchester (UK). From this chair he partly retired in 2018 to a research-only position. His work is strongly industry-focussed and he continues to develop and conduct a wide variety of research projects in the areas of fibre science and technology. In 2020 he founded with his wife, Dr Gabriele Wortmann, a consultancy firm (F & GW - Consultants). This company provides academic support specifically for international companies in the area of hair cosmetics.

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  • textile materials, polymer chemistry, polymer physics, thermal analysis, hair cosmetic science, spectroscopy, protein analysis, mechanical analysis

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