Prof. Dr. Matthias Thommes

Head of Institute

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chair of Separation Science & Technology

Room: Room T 3.66
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

Brief biography

Prof. Dr. Matthias Thommes has received his Doctorate in Physical Chemistry in 1993 at the Technical University Berlin (1992/93). From 1992-1995 he was a Project Scientist for a microgravity experiment on critical adsorption which was carried out on the EURECA mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). From 1996 to 1997, he was an ESA fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland at College Park, USA. In 1998 he joined Quantachrome as Head of Applications Department at Quantachrome GmbH, Germany (until 2001), followed by the position as a Scientific Director at the headquaters of the company, i.e. Quantachrome Corporation, Boynton Beach, Fl, USA, until June 2018. Since July 1st is Full Professor and Chair of the Institute for Separation Science and Technology , Department of Chemical and Bioengineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Prof. Thommes has been a Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh, U.K since 2012 and currently holds also a Guest Professor position at Lorraine University, Nancy France. In addition he holds leadership positions in a number of authoritative bodies in his field including: Council Member of the International Zeolite Association (IZA), Chairman of the IUPAC (International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry) Task Group – “Physisorption of Gases, with Special Reference to the Evaluation of Surface Area and Pore Size Distributions” , Chair/Vice-Chair – Separations Division Area 2e, American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE, from 2013 – 2017), Convener of the International Standard Organization (ISO) Working Group on Surface Area and Porosity,   Principal Scientific Advisor to the new ARPA-E/DOE funded NIST/FACT laboratory (Gaithersburg, Maryland). Prof. Thommes has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Adsorption Society (IAS) from 2007-2013 and a Council Member of the International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA, 2006-2013). He also serves in the as Editorial Board Member of the journal Adsorption, Journal Advanced Porous Materials, and Adsorption Science &Technology.
Prof. Thommes has authored/co-authored more than 125 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters, patents as well as a monograph on the characterization of porous solids and  powders. He has given more than 250 presentations, incl. invited plenary and keynote lectures at prestigious international scientific conferences and universities all over the world. In addition, he has been co-chairing various important scientific conferences (e.g. the CPM workshop series) and symposia in the field of adsorption and materials characterization.



  • C. Schlumberger, M. Thommes:
    Characterization of Hierarchically Ordered Porous Materials by Physisorption and Mercury Porosimetry – A Tutorial Review
    In: Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 8, 2002181
    DOI: 10.1002/admi.202002181
  • J. Castro-Gutierrez, E. de Olivereira Jardim, R. Luan, S. Canevesi, J. Silvestre-Albero, M. Kriesten, M. Thommes, A. Celzard, V. Fierro:
    Molecular sieving of linear and branched C6 alkanes by tannin-derived carbons
    In: Carbon,  174, 413 (2021)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2020.12.061
  • S. Dantas, K.A. Cychosz, M.Thommes*, A.V. Neimark:
    Pore size characterization of micro-mesoporous carbons using CO2 adsorption
    In: Carbon,  173, p. 842 (2021)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2020.11.059


  • S. Kube, K. Turke, R  Ellinghaus, D. Wallacher, M. Thommes, B. Smarsly:
    Pore size gradient effect in monolithic silica mesopore networks revealed by in-situ-SAXS-physisorption
    In: Langmuir, accepted (2020)
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c02183
  • A. Svidrytski,  D. Hlushkou, M. Thommes, P.  Monson, U. Tallarek:
    Modelling the Impact of Mesoporous Silica Microstructure on the Adsorption Hysteresis Loop
    In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2020)
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c07571 
  • H.G.T Nguyen, C.M. Sims, B. Toman,J. Horn, R.D van Zee, M Thommes et al.:
    A References High-Pressure CH4 Adsorption Isotherm for Zeolite Y: “ Results of an Interlaboratory Study
    In: Adsorption (2020)
    DOI: 10.1007/s10450-018-9958-x
  • Sdanghi G,  Canevesi RLS,  Celzard A, Thommes M, Fierro V:
    Characterization of Carbon Materials for Hydrogen Storage and Compression
    In: Journal of Carbon Research 6 (3), 46 (2020)
    DOI: 10.3390/c603Prof. Thommes0046
  • K. Cychosz Struckhoff, M. Thommes, L. Sarkisov

    On the Universality of Capillary Condensation and Adsorption Hysteresis Phenomena in Ordered and Crystalline Mesoporous Materials
    In: Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 7, 2000184
    DOI: 10.1002/admi.202000184

  • Guiellet-Nicolas R., Wainer M., Marcoux L., Thommes M., Kleitz F.:
    Exploring the confinement of polymer nanolayers into ordered mesoporous silica using advanced gas physisorption
    In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 579 (2020) 489
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.20Prof. Thommes20.05.103
  • Neimark A.V., Thommes M.:
    Characterization of Porous Materials: From Anstroms to Milimeters
    In: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 304. 110305 (2020)



  • Zhao W., Wang Z.,  Malonzo C. D., Webber T. E. , Platero-Prats A.E , Sotomayor F. , Vermeulen N. A., Wang T. C., Hupp J. T., Farha O.K., Penn R. L., Chapman K. W., Thommes M., Stein A.:
    Extending the compositional range of nanocasting in the oxozirconium cluster-based metal-organic framework NU-1000- A comparative structural analysis
    In: Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 1301
  • KA Cychosz, M Thommes:
    Progress in the physisorption characterization of nanoporous gas storage materials
    In: Engineering 4 (4), 559-566 (2018)
  • HGT Nguyen, L Espinal, RD van Zee, M Thommes, B Toman,…:
    A reference high-pressure CO2 adsorption isotherm for ammonium ZSM-5 zeolite: results of an interlaboratory study
    In: Adsorption 24 (6), 531-539 (2018)
  • Masaru Ogura, Shin-ya Fukuzawa, Seiichiro Fukunaga, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Junko N Kondo, Masafumi Morimoto, Remy Guillet-Nicolas, Matthias Thommes:
    Identification of the Basic Sites on Nitrogen-Substituted Microporous and Mesoporous Silicate Frameworks Using CO2 as a Probe Molecule
    In: Langmuir, 34 (2018) 1376-1385
  • Mehlhorn D, Rodriguez J, Cacciaguerra T, Andrei RD, Cammarano C, Guenneau F, Gedeon A, Coasne B, Thommes M, Minoux D, Aquino C, Dath JP, Fajula F, Galarneau A:
    Revelation on the Complex Nature of Mesoporous Hierarchical FAU-Y Zeolites
    In: Langmuir. 2018 Sep 25; 34(38):11414-11423
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03010
  • F.J. Sotomayor, K.A. Cychosz, M. Thommes:
    Characterization of Micro/Mesoporous Materials by Physisorption_ Concepts and Case Studies
    In: Acc. Mater. Surf. Res. 2018, Vol.3 (No.2), 34-50.


  • Cychosz KA., Guillet-Nicolas R., Garcia-Martinez J., Thommes M.:
    Recent advances in the textural characterization of hierarchically structured nanoporous materials.
    In: Chemical Society reviews 46 (2017), p. 389-414
    ISSN: 1460-4744
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00391E
  • Kondrashova D., Lauerer A., Mehlhorn D., Jobic H., Feldhoff A., Thommes M., Chakraborty D., Gommes C., Zecevic J., De Jongh P., Bunde A., Kaerger J., Valiullin R.:
    Scale-dependent diffusion anisotropy in nanoporous silicon.
    In: Scientific Reports 7 (2017), p. 40207
    ISSN: 2045-2322
    DOI: 10.1038/srep40207
  • Z. Quin, K.A Cychosz, G. Melinte, H.E. Siblani, J.P. Gilson, M. Thommes, C. Fernandez, S. Mintova, O. Ersen, V. Valtchev:
    Opening the cages of faujasite zeolite
    In: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 1727
  • HGT Nguyen, JC Horn, M Thommes, RD van Zee, L Espinal:
    Experimental aspects of buoyancy correction in measuring reliable high-pressure excess adsorption isotherms using the gravimetric method
    In: Measurement Science and Technology 28 , (2917) 125802
  • R Guillet-Nicolas, F Bérubé, M Thommes, MT Janicke, F Kleitz:
    Selectively Tuned Pore Condensation and Hysteresis Behavior in Mesoporous SBA-15 Silica: Correlating Material Synthesis to Advanced Gas Adsorption Analysis
    In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (44), 24505-24526, 2017
  • A Sachse, A Grau-Atienza, EO Jardim, N Linares, M Thommes, J García-Martínez:
    Development of intracrystalline mesoporosity in zeolites through surfactant-templating
    In: Crystal Growth & Design 17 (8), 4289-430 (2017)
  • D. Kondrashova, A. Lauerer, D. Mehlhorn, H. Jobic, A. Feldhoff, M. Thommes, D.  Chakraborty, C. Gommes, J. Zecevic, P. de Jongh, A. Bunde, J. Kärger, R. Valiullin:
    Scale-dependent diffusion anisotropy in nanoporous silicon
    In: Scientific reports 7, 40207 (2017)