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Olaf Karthaus

Olaf Karthaus (born 1963 in Koblenz) is a German polymer chemist and Professor at the Chitose Institute of Science and Technology in Chitose, Hokkaidō, Japan, researching polymer chemistry, thin films, photonics, and nanotechnology.

Karthaus received a PhD from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Mainz, Germany in 1992 under the supervision of Helmut Ringsdorf. From 1992 to 1993 he worked as a post-doctoral fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation at Tohoku University. He then served as a research assistant from 1994 to 2000 at the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.

Karthaus was a co-plaintiff with Debito Arudou and Kenneth Sutherland in an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a hot spring (onsen) in Otaru, Japan that refused entry to individuals with foreign appearance even if they were Japanese citizens.

Karthaus's wife, Yuki Karthaus (カートハウス由希 Kātohausu Yuki?), received a personal reply to a letter written to Katsumaro Yamada (山田 勝麿 Yamada Katsumaro?), the mayor of Otaru, in 1999. [1][2]

Selected publications

He has authored or coauthored 54 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals: according to Science Citation Index, the ones that have been the most cited are:

  • Karthaus, Olaf; Norihiko Maruyama; Xavier Cieren; Masatsugu Shimomura; Hirokazu Hasegawa; and Takeji Hashimoto (2000). Water-Assisted Formation Of Micrometer-Size Honeycomb Patterns Of Polymers. Langmuir 16 (15): 6071-6076. (cited 116 times)
  • Karthaus, Olaf; Lars Gråsjö; Norihiko Maruyama; and Masatsugu Shimomura (1999). Formation Of Ordered Mesoscopic Polymer Arrays By Dewetting. Chaos 9 (2): 308-314. doi:10.1063/1.166407. (cited 72 times)
  • Maruyama, Norihiko; T. Koito; J. Nishida; T. Sawadishu; Xavier Cieren; K. Ijiro; Olaf Karthaus; and Masatsugu Shimomura (1998). Mesoscopic Patterns Of Molecular Aggregates On Solid Substrates. Thin Solid Films 329: 854-856. (cited 67 times)
  • Karthaus, Olaf; H. Ringsdorf; V.V. Tsukruk; and J.H. Wendorff (1992). Columnar Ordering Of Liquid-Crystalline Discotics In Langmuir-Blodgett-Films. Langmuir 8 (9): 2279-2283. (cited 65 times)
  • Bengs, H.; O. Karthaus; J. Ringsdorf; C. Baehr; M. Ebert; and J.H. Wendorff (1991). Induction Of A Nematic Columnar Phase In A Discotic Hexagonal Ordered Phase Forming System. Liquid Crystals 10 (2): 161-168. (cited 44 times)


  1. ^ "OTARU ONSENS PERSONAL REPLY FROM OTARU MAYOR YAMADA KATSUMARO DATED OCTOBER 12, 1999 (translated by Dave Aldwinckle)," Arudou Debito
  2. ^ Letter from Katsumaro Yamada to Yuki Karthaus
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