Thomas Fanghänel currently serves as Principal Advisor to the Director General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center. From 2006- 2014 he was the Director of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre located in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Since 2002 he is Professor of Radiochemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. Prof Fanghänel has degrees in Chemistry (Diplomchemiker), Ph.D and Habilitation in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
Before he was appointed as the Director of ITU he was Director of the Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal (INE) of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (2002-2006), Director of the Institute of Radiochemistry, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf and Professor of Radiochemistry at the University of Dresden (2000-2002). He has more than 30 years research experience with special expertise in Actinide chemistry, nuclear fuel cycle and long term safety of nuclear waste disposal. He has authored more than 160 peer reviewed scientific papers.
From 2003 – 2011 he served as a member of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and since 2011 he is deputy chairman of the Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).