Prof. Ulbricht had studied chemistry, received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1987 from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, and his habilitation (Dr. habil.) from the same university in 1997. He also worked as researcher in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA (1992-1993), and at GKSS Research Center Geesthacht, Teltow, Germany (1997-1999). He was founder and CEO of the private company ELIPSA GmbH in Berlin (1999-2003). Since 2001, he is a full professor for chemical technology at University of Duisburg-Essen.
Prof. Ulbricht has over 30 years of experience in organic and polymer chemistry as well as chemical engineering. In the focus of his research are functional polymeric and nanohybrid materials, including synthetic membranes and membrane-based technologies for water purification, bioseparation and energy conversion. Topics of special expertise include organic membrane materials, membrane formation and preparation, surface functionalization, membrane characterization, fouling, water treatment and desalination, and bioseparation. He has more than 250 peer-reviewed journal publications, 16 book chapters and more than 20 issued patents.