Thomas Gessner studied physics and completed doctoral thesis at TU Dresden in 1983. Since 1991 he is the director of the Center for Microtechnologies at the Chemnitz University of Technology and professor of a chair for microtechnology (1993). From 1998 he lead the Chemnitz branch of the Fraunhofer IZM and since 2009 he is the head of the new Fraunhofer-Institution for Electronic Nanosystems ENAS in Chemnitz. Furthermore he got an appointment as advisory professor of FUDAN University Shanghai in 1999 and of Chongqing University in 2003. At least he is author/co-author of more than 410 publications and 14 patent applications.