Thomas Schuelke

Professor and Center Executive Director



Thomas Schuelke earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Technical University Dresden, Germany, in 1996. He worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Charted Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore prior to taking over the responsibility for Fraunhofer USA’s Thin Film Coatings Laboratory in 1998. He is currently the director of the joint MSU-Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies.  Schuelke’s research addresses thin film coating technologies for industrial applications. A particular focus is on diamond and diamond-like carbon materials, plasma deposition processes and systems. Current projects work on energy efficient windows, energy storage, transportation safety, friction, wear and corrosion challenges in manufacturing and biomedical fields, and diamond applications such as power electronics and electrochemical sensing.