Prof. Alexander Michaelis studied physics and received his doctorate in the field of electrochemistry. In 1996 he accepted a position at Siemens AG working in the field of microelectronics amongst others at the DRAM Development Alliance in East Fishkill, New York. In 2000, he began to work for Bayer AG in Leverkusen changing subsequently to H.C. Starck GmbH, a Bayer subsidiary, where he was head of the Electroceramics and the New Business Development department.
Furthermore, he was the managing director of InDEC B.V. working in the field of solid oxide fuel cells and finished his state doctorate at University of Düsseldorf. Since 2004, he has been director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS and has been holding the chair of Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials at TU Dresden.
He has more than 40 patent families in materials science, microelectronics, and electronics and provided more than 100 publications.
In 2012 Prof. Alexander Michaelis was awarded the ACerS Bridge Building Award for his contribution in the field of energy and environmental technology. In 2014 he received the Fraunhofer Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of applied materials research.