Head of the IKV – Institute for Plastics Processing

University Professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, born 1968, studied Mechanical Engineering with particular focus on Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Following his diploma 1996, he received his doctoral  degree (Dr.-Ing.) with a thesis on Ceramic Injection Moulding supervised by Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Walter Michaeli in 2000. He was research fellow at the IKV – Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 1996 to 1999 and head of its department of Part Design/Materials Technology in 2000. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chief Engineer and Senior Vice Director of the institute.

In 2005 Hopmann started his industrial career at RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke (today: RKW SE), Europe’s leading manufacturer of high quality polyethylene and polypropylene films, nonwovens and nets, being head of the Quality Management at RKW’s site in Petersaurach, South Germany. From 2006 to end of 2009 he was Head of Extrusion and thus responsible for the production of polyolefin films for hygiene, consumer packaging and industrial applications. During this period he improved his management skills by attending the Program for Executive Development at the International Institute for Management Development IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. From January 2010 to April 2011 he was Managing Director of RKW Sweden AB in Helsingborg/Sweden. 

Since April 2011 Hopmann has been Head of the IKV – Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University and Managing Director of the IKV’s Association of Sponsors. He also holds the Chair of Plastics Processing at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

In January 2012 he set up the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Design (AZL), together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher, Chair of Machine Tools at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University.

In 2014 he received the innovation award of the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW).

Since October 2017 he is Visiting Professor of Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

Hopmann holds numerous honorary posts, such as Member of the Fachkollegium Kunststofftechnik DFG, Member of the Board of Kunststoffland NRW, Member of the Scientific Committee of K-Messe Düsseldorf, and Member of the VDI. He is co-publisher of the anthology Kunststoffpraxis and sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Kunststoffe, the Journal of Polymer Engineering and the Tehnicki vjesnik – Technical Gazette (Croatia) as well as on the Editorial Board of the Journal Advances in Polymer Technology. He is a Member of the Scientific Alliance of Polymer Technology (WAK), of the Scientific Alliance of the university professors of Material Technology, Member of the VDI, the Polymer Processing Society (PPS) and the Senate of Economy as well as Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).




Institute management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ch. Hopmann

Director of the Institute Chair of Plastics Processing at RWTH +49 241 80-93838 office@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Seeliger

Member of the board of management Plant Engineer +49 241 80-93824 martin.seeliger@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Dipl.-Ing. Leo Wolters

Member of the board of management Head of Training and Further Education +49 241 80-93817 leo.wolters@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Scientific directorate

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. R. Dahlmann

Scientific director Head of the Centre for Analysis and Testing of Plastics +49 241 80-25928 rainer.dahlmann@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Dr.-Ing. Kai Fischer

Scientific director Lightweight technologies +49 241 80-27105 kai.fischer@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Dr. Petra Scheller-Brüninghaus

Scientific director Communication and organisation development +49 241 80-93839 petra.scheller-brueninghaus@ikv.rwth-aachen.de

Dipl.-Ing. Mauritius Schmitz

Scientific director Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 +49 241 80-93881 mauritius.schmitz@ikv.rwth-aachen.de