Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Franziska Scheffler

Prof. Franziska Scheffler  

Prof. Scheffler studied Chemistry at the technical university Leuna-Merseburg and later came to the Otto von Guericke University as the head of the chair for Technical Chemistry. Today she focusses on energy research and, as the Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching, on the future of our university.

Motto: Keep your thirst for knowledge and your curiosity.



Education: 1989 - 1993 Degree in Chemistry, TU Leuna Merseburg
Research studies, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Doctorate: 1989 - 1993 Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Work: 1993 - 1997 Research Associate,
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
1994 - 1995,
1997 - 1998

parental leave

1998 - 2006 Research assistant,
FAU Erlangen
2003 - 2005 Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver (USA)
2006 Group leader,
Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Erlangen
2006 - 2008 Head of Department,
ZAE, Erlangen
2008 Head of Chair,
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
2009 - 2015 Managing Director of the Chemical Institute,
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
since 2012 Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching,
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

At least at the beginning I chose Chemistry by chance, but later the choice was confirmed for me. Chemistry requires logical thinking, which I like very much. It gets to the bottom of things and makes contributions that make our lives better and safer. At the moment, I am concerned with energy as an overarching topic. This includes several areas of work, such as microporous materials as catalysts and energy stores, as well as thermoelectric materials.


I am enthusiastic about implementing my own ideas, but also helping my employees to work on their ideas. I also enjoy helping to shape and improve our university as Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching. I am enthusiastic about the responsibility that my position entails.


I would like to recommend my job to all young people who don’t want a predetermined path and everyday work, who want to get involved in new and exciting things and are also willing to invest a lot of time and energy.


Keep your thirst for knowledge and your curiosity. Do not be intimidated by changing situations, but adjust to them. Realize your own strengths and motivate yourself. Don't shy away from challenges, try everything.


I always looked ahead and knew what I wanted to achieve. It's important to think about your priorities and sometimes say no to things that don't fit your plans. Support from family and friends can also help a lot.

Last Modification: 14.10.2021 - Contact Person: Dr.-Ing. Nicole Vorhauer-Huget