Michael Schütze studied materials sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg from 1972 to 1978, and then joined the Karl Winnacker Institute of the DECHEMA as a research associate. He received his doctorate in engineering sciences from the RWTH (Technical University) in Aachen in 1983, completed his habilitation in 1991, becoming a member of the external teaching staff of the RWTH. Since 1998, he holds a professorship there. In 1996, he was appointed director of the Karl Winnacker Institute, and since 2012 he is chairman of the executive board of DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut. He is recipient of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Prize, the Rahmel-Schwenk medal, the Otto-von-Guericke-Prize, and the Cavallaro medal, the U.R. Evans Award, the Khwarizmi International Award and the UNIDO Innovation Award, past Chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on Corrosion, editor of the journal Materials and Corrosion, member of five editorial boards of international corrosion journals, Past-President of the European Federation of Corrosion, Past-President of the World Corrosion Organization and Chairman of the Working Party Corrosion by Hot Gases and Combustion Products of the European Federation of Corrosion. Furthermore, he is a member of several advisory boards.