Sabine Ludwigs was born in Cologne in 1978, studied at the University of Bayreuth, and from 2002 to 2004 completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry. In 2006, she worked at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK, as a postdoc, and from 2010, she was a team leader at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry and a leader of the Scale-Up Service Group at the Freiburg Material Research Center of the University of Freiburg. In November 2010, aged only 32, Ludwigs became Professor of Structure and Properties of Polymers at the Institute of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart.
From 2008 to 2011, Prof. Ludwigs was a Junior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), was awarded an elite scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg “Landesstiftung” foundation, led an Emmy Noether Young Scientists team for the German Research Association (DFG) and was guest professor at the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.
One of the key areas of Prof. Sabine Ludwigs’ research is electricity from plastics – meaning electroconductive polymers to be used one day to produce solar cells or LEDs. The professorship in Structure and Properties of Polymers at the Institute of Polymer Chemistry investigates polymers with optical, electrical and electrochemical functions. This approach covers the tailored synthesis of new polymers and hybrid materials, the investigation of relationships between structure and function (e.g. using electrochemistry) through to applied testing in organic field-effect transistors, organic solar cells and energy stores.