Diploma in Chemistry, University Wuerzburg, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wuerzburg, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy, University Duesseldorf, Germany, 1981.
Senior vice president Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik Southeast, Ludwigshafen, Germany, since 1999. Professor Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, since 2003. Head materials section European Technology Platform SUSCHEM, Brussels, since 2006.
Nanotechnology advisory council Germany, since 2006. Member advisory board California Nanosys. Institute, Los Angeles.
Executive board member Nanotech. Industry Association, Brussels, since 2007. Chairman board South German Plastics Center, Wuerzburg, since 2008.
Lieutenant Mountain Rangers, 1970-1972, Garmisch, Bavaria.
Member of German Academy Applied Science, World Economic Forum.
Married Herta Thueroff, September 11, 1976. Children: Volker, Fabian, Daniel.