Reinhold W. Lang
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Professor Lang graduated in 1978 at the University of Leoben (A) with a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Polymer Engineering and Science, and he obtained a PhD degree in 1984 at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA/USA). He then joined BASF AG
(Ludwigshafen, D) from 1984 to 1991, holding a research and group leader position in the field of advanced composites. In 1991 he became Full Professor at the University of Leoben (A). Acting also as Director of the Polymer
Competence Center Leoben (PCCL) from 2002 to 2008, he had a leading role in initiating, establishing and developing the PCCL to about 100 employees. Since September 2009 he holds the Chair of Polymeric Materials and Testing at the
Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz (A), also heading the institute with the same name.
The research focus of Professor Lang is in the fields of “Mechanics, Fracture and Fatigue of Plastics and Polymer Composites”, “Polymeric Materials for Solar Energy Technologies” and “Polymer Technologies for Sustainable Development”. He is author and co-author, respectively, of more than 200 papers. In his role as initiator and coordinator of large, multi-partner collaborative research projects (science and industry), he has successfully applied for and directed a publically funded research budget of about EURO 65 Mio. over the past 15 years. He currently acts as Project Director of the Austrian research project platform SolPol, focusing on polymer related innovations for solar technologies. Most recently, Professor Lang was awarded the Hermann F. Mark Medal 2018, and he and his research group were honored with the Austrian Sustainability Award 2018 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, and with the Austrian Solar Award 2018 by EUROSOLAR AUSTRIA.