Milan Kivala

Curriculum Vitae

Milan Kivala was born 1979 in Rakovník, Czech Republic. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2003 from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. François Diederich at the ETH Zürich, focused on the synthesis of functional carbon-rich architectures, charge-transfer chromophores, and super-acceptors based on acetylenic scaffolding. After a short postdoctoral stay at the same institution, he joined in 2009 the group of Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Reasearch in Mainz, Germany, where he was dealing with polycyclic aromatic systems displaying liquid crystalline behavior and self-assembly for application in organic electronic devices. In April 2011, he resumed his current position at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg as Habilitand associated with the chair of Prof. Dr. Rik Tykwinski. His research program focuses on functional π-electron systems and materials science creating novel molecular entities that assemble into functional devices. The focal point of his research, is of course, organic synthesis providing the opportunity to design novel molecular architectures.


2004 – 2008ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Ph.D. with Prof. Dr. François Diederich

2003Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. František Liška

1998 – 2003Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
Undergraduate studies in chemistry


seit 2011 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Habilitation with Prof. Dr. Rik Tykwinski

2009 – 2011Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen

2008 – 2009ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Dr. François Diederich

2001 – 2002Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Visiting researcher with Prof. Dr. Krister Holmberg


2014EAM Starting Grant, Cluster of Excellence EAM (FAU)

2014Junior Scientist Participation Program Fellowship, 49th Bürgenstock Conference

2012Fonds der Chemischen Industrie Grant

2011Dr. Hertha and Helmut Schmauser Foundation Grant

2010 – 2011Humboldt Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

2009 – 2010Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship

2009ETH Medal for the most outstanding Ph.D. Thesis

2003Honor Award of Josef Hlávka

2003President of the Institute of Chemical Technology Award for the best graduate of the class of 2003

2001 – 2002Hlávka Foundation Fellowship

2001 – 2002Erasmus Fellowship


German Chemical Society
Swiss Chemical Society

Other Memberships

Principle Investigator in SFB 953 ‚Synthetic Carbon Allotropes‘
EU-Project ‚InTechSE‘ (FP7 Marie Curie Actions)
Solar Technologies Go Hybrid (Free State of Bavaria Initiative)


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