Joachim Maier is director at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Solid State Research and heads the Department of Physical Chemistry of Solids. Maier studied chemistry in Saarbrücken and earned his MA and PhD in physical chemistry there. He received his professorial degree at the University of Tübingen. From 1982 to 1988, he was a postdoc and staff member at the MPI for Solid State Research. From 1988 to 1991, he led the activities on functional ceramics at the MPI for Metals Research in Stuttgart. From 1988 to 1996, he taught sold state electrochemistry at the MIT as an external faculty member. In 1991 he was appointed director at MPI for Solid State Research and Honorary Professor at the University of Stuttgart.
He is the recipient of various prizes of national and international societies (including the ECS Norman Hackerman Young Author Award in 1987) and a member of various national and international academies. Maier is editor of Solid State Ionics and past president of the International Society for Solid State Ionics. He has published more than 750 papers in refereed journals in the field of solid state electrochemistry and has been included in the list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Thomson Reuters).