Head, BioInterface Group
Marcus Textor is an ad hominem professor at ETH Zurich, Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, and head of a research group dedicated to the area of surfaces and interfaces in bio-related fields of material science. He studied chemistry at the University of Zurich. His thesis (1972) covered the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of metalorganic complexes as well as interpretation of UV/VIS spectra in the fame work of molecular orbital calculations and ligand-field theory. He continued his studies for one year as a postdoc (crystal structure analysis of metalorganic compounds) and teaching assistant (chemistry for students in medicine) at the University of Zurich. Receiving a fellowship of the Royal Society he spent the following two years at the School of Molecular Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, Great Britain. Research covered the preparation of metal single crystals, their characterization using LEED, XPS and UPS and the monitoring of catalytic model reactions at these surfaces.
In 1978 he joined Alusuisse Central R&D Laboratories (now Alcan), Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland and started as a team leader in the area of surface analytical research and services (XPS, SIMS). He later became responsible for the development of new surface technologies (anodic oxidation, electrodeposition, CVD/PVD), before being appointed head of the Materials Department with worldwide responsibilities for materials aspects related to the fabrication and application of aluminium and composites for the industrial (automotive) and packaging sector.
In 1994 he joined ETH Zurich, Department of Materials and started a research group and teaching activities in the area of surfaces and interfaces of light metals (aluminium, titanium) and biointerfaces within the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology. His current main interests cover both fundamental aspects in the behaviour of materials in contact with biological milieus and the design and making of surfaces that elicit biospecific responses. In terms of applications, his research activities aim at useful developments for the field of biosensors, biomaterials/medical implants and carriers for targeted drug delivery. He teaches undergraduate students in material science (including lab courses), functional surface treatment, light metal surface technologies and graduate/postgraduate students in surface-analytical techniques and in the physical and (bio)chemical aspects of biomaterials and biointerfaces. Marcus Textor retired in 2011.
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