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Board of Directors

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung consists of 5 departments, each of which is led by a director and scientific member. One of the scientific members serves as the executive director of the institute for a period of 3 years. The managing board is completed by the administrative director.


Managing director

Prof. Dr. Walter Thiel
Telefon: (+49 208) 306-2150


Director and scientific member

Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner
Prof. Dr. Benjamin List
Prof. Dr. Tobias Ritter
Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth
Prof. Dr. Walter Thiel


Administrative director

Dr. Hermann Thole
Telefon: (+49 208) 306-2010