Biomineralogie und Extreme Biomimetik

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Hermann Ehrlich

Group Leader Biomineralogy and Extreme Biomimetics

Common overview:

  • Researcher ID I-5481-2015: Web of Science
  • h-index = 45
  • Sum of the times cited = 6705
  • Average citations per article = 28.53
  • Cumulative impact factor = 1121
  • Author ID 55722706100: Scopus
  • h-index: 47
  • Sum of the times cited: 7077

Short CV

Hermann Ehrlich received his Ph.D. degree in 1984. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at Max-Bergmann Centre of Biomaterials and Institute of Materials Science in Dresden, and after Habilitation in Biomaterials at Christian-Albrecht’s University in Kiel he held a W3 Heisenberg full professor position at the Institute of Experimental Physics at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. On August, 1st, 2018, he held a full professor position in “Biomineralogy & Extreme Biomimetics” at the Institute of Electronic- and Sensormaterials at the same university. His research is focused on biomaterials, biominerals, biocomposites and biomimetics. Using biochemical, cellular, molecular, and analytical approaches, he and his co-workers, for the first time, discovered and characterized chitin and novel hydroxylated collagen in the skeletal formations of marine sponges. During the last ten years, he has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles, thirteen book chapters, three monographs and additionally holding six patents. Being the corresponding author, Hermann Ehrlich published his papers in such high impact journals as “Nature Chemistry”,  "Science Advances", "Advanced Materials", “Chemical Reviews”, “Advanced Functional Materials”, “Chemistry of Materials”, “Scientific Reports”, "Carbohydrate Polymers" etc. He represented numerous invited and keynote lectures at Columbia University, at Yale University, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Harvard University as well.

H. Ehrlich is editorial board member of international journals such as “Scientific Reports”, “Bioactive Materials”, “Micron”, “Frontiers in Materials Science”,  “Marine Drugs”, and “Biomimetics”.

He is editor of the special issues “Marine Biomaterials” of the journal “Marine Drugs”, and “Frontiers of Marine Biomaterials” of the journal “International Journal of Molecular Sciences”. He was elected to be the Chief-chairman of the 12th International Symposium on Biomineralization “BIOMIN’12” that took place in August 2013 in Freiberg, Germany (Press release). Recently, H. Ehrlich has been nominated for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2015 and 2020.

Invited Referee

  • National Science Foundation, (NSF), USA - in Biomineralization (2010)
  • National Agency of Science (NAS), Irland - in Marine Biomaterials (2011)
  • German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany - in Special Zoology (2011), in Materials Science (2014/15)
  • National Science Centre (NCN), Poland - in Materials Science (2012)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the UK - in Biomineralization (2015)
  • The German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) - Biomineralization (2015, 2018)
  • US Army Research Laboratory - in Biomaterials (2018)

Media Info

  • Application of biomass derived from the nuisance fresh-water diatom species Didymosphenia geminata towards the adsorption and removal of heavy metal ions. DOI: 10.1002/clen.201600678
  • "Diese Alge frisst den Treibhauseffekt": Meldung bei
  • Pressemeldung: "Kieselalge rettet vor Kohlenstoffdioxid-Überschuss auf der Erde"
  • Interview mit Biomimetiker über die Fähigkeiten von Tiefsee-Bewohnern – Quelle: ZDF, 21.03.12.
    Die Tiefsee ist eins der letzten Eldorados für Wissenschaftler. Außer faszinierenden Lebensformen hat sie aber auch innovative Ideen für Medizin und Industrie parat. Der Biomimetiker Hermann Ehrlich, Gruppenleiter am Institut für Experimentelle Physik der TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Sachsen, will daraus einen eigenen Forschungszweig schaffen.
  • Discovery of a living coral reef in the coastal waters of Iraq
    A living coral reef measuring 4 km by 7 km has been discovered in the turbid coastal waters of Iraq. The finding is described in the journal “Scientific Reports” and represents the first known coral reef in Iraq.