Gregor Luthe

Gregor Luthe (born 19 October 1970) is a German chemist, toxicologist, nanotechnologist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is known for his work on toxicology of PCBs and PBDEs.

Gregor Luthe
Born(1970-10-19)19 October 1970
  • Germany
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, toxicology, nanotechnology
ThesisMonofluorinated PAHs: Standards for Environmental Analysis and Mechanistic Studies (2003)
Doctoral advisorFreek Ariese[2]

Early lifeEdit

Luthe was born in Epe on 19 October 1970, the only child of bricklayer and stove fitter Ewald Luthe and spinning mill worker Käthe Luthe, née Böcker.[3] Luthe had a hard start at school as he stammered until 9th grade, when he learned to manage this, and leaped forward, leaving the lower education Hauptschule to enter the Gymnasium in Bardel, finishing it 1989 as best in class.[3]

At the age of 19, he traveled to visit the GDR two weeks before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Luthe was held for STASI questioning on 9 November 1989. He learned about this day's events only on the day of his release, the following morning.[4]


Gregor Luthe studied chemistry, biology and physics at the University of Münster (1990 to 1995), where he specialized on fluorinated analogs of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds and graduated with the diploma.[5] In 2002 he obtained his doctorate at the VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands). Starting 1996 he worked as a lecturer at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede (Netherlands). As Marie Curie fellow of the European Council Luthe went to Trondheim (Norway) 2002 to 2005, where he was a senior researcher at the NTNU, and also worked as the technical director and associate of the company Chiron.[6] 2005 he was awarded with the Feodor Lynen research scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation[7] to study toxicology in Berkeley[3][8][9] at the University of Iowa (USA), where he still is visiting professor and supervises doctorate students of the interdisciplinary graduate program in human toxicology.[10] Luthe started investigating in e.g. the toxicology of PCBs and PBDEs. After some months as a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo he returned to Europe, to be a lecturer at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede (Netherlands). 2007 to 2008 Luthe was additionally lecturer at the Jacobs University Bremen. In 2010 Gregor Luthe founded the company Windplussonne GmbH.

In February 2012 Gregor Luthe was appointed Professor of Nanotechnology (NanoBioInterface) at Saxion in Enschede, which was the first Nanotechnology lectureship in the Netherlands.[8][11] The chair focuses on the development and application of NanoBio interface production techniques which are essential for medical, biological, toxicological and chemical applications, e. g. Lab-on-a-Chip devices. Luthe also engaged in multiple regional and international research partnerships and events, e.g. in January 2014 by establishing the Euregional Conference of Applied Nanotechnology (ECAN 2014) in Enschede, partnered by Alumni Nanotechnology Saxion (A.N.S), Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (University of Twente) and CeNTech (University of Münster).[12] In September 2014 Gregor Luthe was co-initiating the cooperation of the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, to promote joint research in the field of Nanotechnology and to start the Netherlands' first Master's degree program in nanotechnology.[13] In 2014 Gregor Luthe founded the company Smart Material Printing with former students, to work on the production of new materials for 3D printing technologies as well as antibacterial surfaces. He also co-founded the company Nanobay - NB GmbH. Gregor Luthe left his chair in Nanotechnology at Saxion in February 2015 to focus on his company activities.[14] Luthe continues to engage in research projects and scientific work.

Awards and membershipsEdit

  • 2002: Marie Curie Scholarship of the European Council [6]
  • 2005: Feodor Lynen Research Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation [7]
  • 2007: Foreign Countries Tutor of the Germany Society of Chemists (GDCh) for the Netherlands[15]
  • 2013: Chosen among the 15 most inspiring professors of the Netherlands by ScienceGuide [16]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Larry Robertson, head of UIO Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Health". The University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Freek Ariese at, research listings". VU Research Portal. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Stefan Werding (20 September 2016). "Professor Gregor Luthe: Lieber Gronau als Berkeley / Gronau over Berkeley". Westfälische Nachrichten (in German). Aschendorf Medien. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ Gregor Luthe. "Alles war kopflos (Everything was headless)" (in German and Dutch). ScienceGuide. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Former Diploma and Master Students :: Current Group-Alumni". Uni Münster, Research Group of Prof. Dr. Jan Andersson. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Introduction of Gregor Luthe (presentation)" (PDF). Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Humboldt Network, Query Details: Gregor Luthe". Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Biography Gregor Luthe". Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Portret: Gregor Luthe en Paul Borm - Twee ondernemende nanotechnologen over het beter benutten van kennis en kunde / Portrait: Gregor Luthe and Paul Borm - Two Enterprising Nanotechnologists on the Better Use of Knowledge and Science". Thematische Impuls, HTSM (in Dutch). Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) division Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA (Taskforce for Applied Research). SIA, Stichting Innovatie Alliantie. February 2013. pp. 30–35. Archived from the original (pdf) on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Gregor Luthe". Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology. The University of Iowa. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  11. ^ "First Nano Chair of the Netherlands" (in Dutch). ScienceGuide. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  12. ^ Martin Brock (15 January 2014). "Conference in Enschede: Starting to the Nano Era". Westfälische Nachrichten (in German). Aschendorff Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Saxion and University of Twente join forces in nano research". University of Twente. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Vertrek lector Gregor Luthe" (in Dutch). Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  15. ^ "DGCh > Structures > Young Chemists Forum > Foreign Countries Tutor in the Netherlands" (in German). Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (DGCh) / German Chemical Society.
  16. ^ "Gregor Luthe: Most inspiring lecturer of the Netherlands" (in Dutch). Saxion University of Applied Sciences. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2016.