About Us

Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Klapötke (Managing Director)

Since 1997 he is Professor and holds the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at LMU Munich.  In 2009 Klapötke was appointed a visiting Professor for Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry at the Center of Energetic Concepts Development (CECD) in the University of Maryland (UM), College Park and was also appointed a Senior visiting scientist at the Energetics Technology Center (ETC) in La Plata, MD.  Klapötke is a Fellow of the Royal Sociate of Chemistry (C.Sci., C.Chem.  F.R.S.C., U.K.), a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Fluorine Division of the ACS, a member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), a Life Member of the International Pyrotechnics Society (IPS), a Life Member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA, USA) and was appointed a Honorary Fellow of the Indian High Energy Materials Society (HEMSI) in 2011.  Most of Klapötke’s scientific collaborations are between LMU and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen, MD and the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in Picatinny, NJ.  Klapötke also collaborates with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Champaign, IL and several industrial partners in Germany and the USA.  In 2011 Klapötke was appointed a Technical Team Member of NATO’s Munitions Related Contamination team (AVT-197).  He is the executive editor of Zeitschrift für Anorganische and Allgemeine Chemie (ZAAC) and an editorial board member of Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics (PEP), Journal of Energetic Materials and Central European Journal of Energetic Materials (CEJEM) and the International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion (IJEMCP).  Klapötke has published over 750 scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals, 23 book chapters and five books.

Dr. Jörg Stierstorfer (Managing Director)

Mr. Stierstorfer is holding an AOR position in the group of Prof. Thomas M. Klapötke. He started to work on energetic materials in 2004. His scientific interests cover the whole area of synthesis, characterization, scale-up as well as performance and safety testing of new energetic materials, especially primary and secondary explosives, nitrogen-rich propellants, and pyrotechnical compositions. Up to now, Dr. Stierstorfer has published more than 130 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has presented his scientific results at over 20 international conferences including at the Army Science Conferences (ASC) in 2008 and 2010 in Orlando. In 2007 and 2011, he was twice awarded the “Römer Prize” of the University of Munich for his excellent scientific achievements. Since June 2017 he is also doing research for his habilitation on transition metal coordination chemistry.


Our Team on Primary Explosives include:

Maximilian H. H. Wurzenberger, M.Sc. (Senior Scientist)

Mr. Wurzenberger finished his master thesis with honors in inorganic chemistry on the investigation of new primary explosives in 2017. He started his PhD work in December 2017. His prmary interest covers the development, characterization and application of new primary explosives based on transition metal complexes or potassium salts of tetrazoles.

Michael Gruhne, B.Sc. (Project Manager)

Mr. Michael Gruhne is studing chemistry at the LMU munich. He gained a lot of expertise with primary explosives particularly on synthesis, analytics, perfomance testing and formulations.

Marcus Lommel, B.Sc. (Project Manager)

Mr. Marcus Lommel finished his Bachelor Thesis in the research group of Prof. Klapötke in May 2018. His technical skills covers the synthesis and characterization of primary explosives as well as theoretical calculations and formulations.