Prof. Dr. Olivier Guillon

Direktor des Instituts für Energie- und Klimaforschung
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Personal data
Born 11.12.1975 in Strasbourg (F)
married, 2 children


Education and Professional Career

Engineer Degree (Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France), Majoring in Materials

Postgraduate specialization in Mechanics of Solids and Surfaces

10/2000 – 09/2003
PhD student in Engineering Sciences, Laboratory of Applied Mechanics,
Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France

10/2003 – 08/2004
Teaching and research assistant, Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Ferroelectricity, INSA Lyon, France

09/2004 – 06/2006
Post-doc, Ceramics Group of Prof. J. Rödel, TU Darmstadt, Germany

07/2006 – 12/2006
Visiting scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

01/2007 – 09/2011
Emmy Noether Group Leader, Materials Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

01/2011 – 02/2014
Professor of Mechanics of functional Materials (W2), Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Habilitation “Constrained sintering of ceramic materials”, TU Darmstadt

Guest professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Since 02/2014
Professor of Materials Synthesis for the Energy (W3), RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-1, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Awards and Honours

Masing-Gedächtnispreis (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, 2010)

Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars (The American Ceramic Society, 2011)

Materials Science and Technology Prize (Federation of European Materials Societies, 2011)


  • Processing of ceramic layers and constrained sintering
  • Electric-field-assisted sintering / Spark Plasma Sintering
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolysers
  • Gas separation membranes
  • Thermal barrier coatings and ultra high temperature ceramics
  • Solid-state batteries