Delft University of Technology
Joop Schoonman (1943) is since 1984 Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He received his master's degree in Solid State Chemistry at the Utrecht University in 1967. He completed in 1971 his Ph.D. Thesis cum laude on the topic "Electrical Conduction and Polarization of Lead Bromide" under supervision of Professor Van Santen. He was in 1974 postdoc at Stanford University. His main research interests are gas phase deposition of nanostructured materials for innovative solar cells, rechargeable Li-ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, and chemical gas sensors. Moreover, the production and storage of hydrogen using nano-structured materials has his interest. His research at Utrecht and Delft has led to over 550 publications and he is co-editor of 11 books/proceedings and co-editor of several international Journals. He was in the period 2002-2006 scientific director of the Delft Institute for Sustainable Energy. He performed a couple of administrative positions and has been Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology and Materials Science for four years. After his dean’ office period he has been visiting professor at MIT. He is an honorary professor in chemistry (1996) and received an honorary doctor's degree (2000) at the Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, is honorary professor of Physics at the Warsaw University of Technology (2006), Poland, and received an honorary doctor's degree (2006) at the Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania. He was appointed in the period 2000-2006 also at Leiden University and is since 2004 visiting professor at Stanford University. He received several awards, among which the most prestigious one, received in 2001, The Royal Shell Award for Sustainable Development and Energy. In 2006 he was elected the first Dutch Master in Materials, i.e., the greatest material’s scientist in The Netherlands since 80 years. He retired June 1st, 2008 and was still responsible for eight PhD students for which he received a special appointment at the Department ChemE. Since his retirement he is consulting professor at Stanford University and visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology and has been visiting professor at the ETH in Zürich and will be visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
His main research interests are gas phase deposition of nanostructured materials for innovative solar cells, rechargeable Li-ion batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, and chemical gas sensors. Moreover, the production and storage of hydrogen using nano-structured materials.