Patrick Theato studied chemistry at the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Mainz in 2001. After postdoctoral studies at Seoul National University supported by Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and at Stanford University, he completed his Habilitation at the University of Mainz in 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he held a joint appointment at Seoul National University, Korea, within the WCU program. In 2011, he accepted a prize senior lectureship at the University of Sheffield. From 2011 to 2017 he had been an associate professor (W2) for polymer chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany. From 2014 on, he also holds an adjunct professorship at Seoul National University. Since 2017 he is full professor (W3) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
His research interests include: precision polymer synthesis, post-polymerization functionalization, smart polymer materials, hydrogels, polymeric (shape anisotropic) nanoobjects, polymer surfaces, materials for energy generation and storage.