Prof.dr. A. Schmidt-Ott

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 Room 1.310
 Julianalaan 136
 2628 BL Delft
 The Netherlands



Born in Cologne, Germany 7.8.1952

  • 1976             Diploma in Electrical Engineering, ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1979             Ph.D. ( at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of ETH Zurich
  • 1980-1981    Research Fellow at Atmospheric Physics Dept., ETH Zurich
  • 1982-1989    Senior Research Scientist (Oberassistent) at Solid State Physics Laboratory, ETH Zurich
  • 1988              Habilitation (=qualification for professorship) in Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, ETH Zurich
  • 1988              Visiting Assistant Professor with S.K. Friedlander at Chemical Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1989 - 1994   Hochschuldozent (=assistant professor) Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Duisburg, Germany
  • 1994 - 2001   Professor of Measurement Technology at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Duisburg, Germany
  • 1996 - 1997   (6 months) Sabbatical with K. Sattler at Physics Dept. Nanoparticle Group, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 1998 - 2001   Deputy Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty, University of Duisburg
  • Since 2001     Professor of Particle Technology, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Section of Particle Technology and Section of Nanostructured Materials (since 2005), Netherlands
  • Since 2001     Leader of Particle Technology Section in the Chemical Engineering Department and from 2006 within the Nanostructured Materials Section

Honorary Occupations

  • 1988-1997        Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Aerosol Science
  • 1989-1997        General Secretary (Geschäftsführer) of the Special Research Center “Mass and Energy Transport in Aerosols“ of the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 1988-1992        Board Member of the German Aerosol Association (Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF))
  • 1994-1998        Secretary General of the German Aerosol Association, GAeF
  • 1996 – 2000     Chairman of Award Committee for Smoluchowski Award of GAeF
  • 1997-2000        Board member of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • 1999-2002        Member of “Kommission Reinhaltung der Luft“ (Air Pollution Control), Working Group “Measurement of Soot“ of VDI and DIN
  • 1999                 Member of World Health Organization Expert Group “Measurement and Health Implications of Particulate Matter“
  • 2001                 Chairman of Award Committee for Whitlaw-Gray Studentship Award of The Aerosol Society, United Kingdom
  • 2002-2003        Chairman of Working Group “Nanoparticles”, European Aerosol Assembly
  • Since 2005        Member of Advisory Board of the journal Advanced Powder Technology
  • Since 2005        Member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research
  • Since 2010        Confidential Advisor, Delft University of Technology
  • Since 2010        Advisor to Health Council of The Netherlands on 'Nanoparticles on the Workfloor'

Reviewer for

  • various journals
  • the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO)
  • the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • the Austrian Science Foundation
  • the National Science Foundation (USA)
  • the Research Commission of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

Conference Organization:

  • Member of Organization Committees of various international conferences in Europe, USA, Japan
  • Chairman of Scientific Organizing Committee of two European Aerosol Conferences, October 1993 and September 1997
  • Organization of 4 international seminars “Trends in Aerosol Research“ and editor of the Proceedings
  • Co-organizer of the 2010 World Congress on Particle Technology 


  • Scolarship for Advanced Researchers (Swiss Science Foundation) for 1-year stay in USA (1988)
  • Smoluchowski Award of the German Aerosol Association (GAeF) (1989)
  • Research Award of the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany (1991)

Present research interests

  • Production of nanoparticles and sub-nanometer particles (atomic clusters) from the gas phase, including material mixing on a nanometer scale and core-shell structures.
  • Application of these particles for creation of novel functional materials and devices (sensors, catalysts, batteries, solar cells, …)
  • Characterization of nanoparticles in gas suspension, e.g. in view of health effects.

Teaching activities

  • Nanoparticulate Materials
  • Process Technology I

Key publications

  • Hydrogen storage properties of spark generated palladium nanoparticles
     Vons V A, Leegwater, H, Legerstee W.J, Eijt, SWH, Schmidt-Ott, A, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 35, 5479-5489 (2012)
  • Peineke, C, Davoodi, P, Seipenbusch, M, Weber, A, Schmidt-Ott, A, J. Charge Dependent Catalytic Activity of Gasborne Nanoparticles, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 11, 8628-8633 (2011)  
  • Vons VA., de Smet, LC PM, Munao, D, Evirgen, A, Kelder EM, Schmidt-Ott, A, J. Nanoparticle Research 13, 4867-4879(2011)
  • A. Schmidt-Ott, Aerosol Methods for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization, in Handbook on Nanophysics, CRC Press, New York, 2010 (invited chapter)
  • Title: Generation of mixed metallic nanoparticles from immiscible metals by spark discharge
    Author(s): Tabrizi N. S.; Xu Q.; van der Pers N. M.; et al.
    Source: JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH  Volume: 12   Issue: 1   Special Issue: SI   Pages: 247-259   DOI: 10.1007/s11051-009-9603-4   Published: JAN 2010

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