Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arlt studied chemistry with a focus on physical chemistry at the University of Dortmund. During his doctorate he was involved in the development of the Dortmund database. In 1981 he moved to Bayer, where he worked on thermal separation processes like distillation and extraction and was responsible for the application of thermodynamcis. Within the company he moved into polymer research in 1987 and held FAPS – IPC GmbH a leading position in the construction of a production plant for a thermoplastic in Antwerp. After completing this work, he returned to the process engineering department in Leverkusen. In 1992 he accepted a job offer as “Professor of thermodynamics and thermal process engineering” at the Technical University of Berlin. During this time he developed a recycling process for mixed thermoplastics (e.g. packaging material). He donated part of the proceeds from the corresponding patent to the Philotherm-Prize, founded by Prof. Dr. Helmut Knapp, which honours students for outstanding achievements in the field of thermodynamics. In 2004 he moved to the Friedrich-Alexander-University ErlangenNuremberg, where he has held the Chair for Thermal Process Engineering. In 2009 he founded the Siegfried-Peter-Prize for “High Pressure Technology”, which is usually awarded every two years for outstanding research work in the field of high pressure process engineering. From 2011 to early 2017, he was spokesman for the scientific management of the Energy Campus Nuremberg, which he initiated. In 2018, he received the Emil-KirschbaumMedal for his pioneering developments in fluid process technology. Together with Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid and Dr. Daniel Teichmann, he was nominated for the German Future Prize 2018 for his work on the development of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC)
Confirmed: Prof. Andreas Löschel, Univ. of Münster, Chair of Microeconomics with a Focus on Energy and Resource Economics, Director of the Centre of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM); Virtual Institute Smart Energy North Rhine-Westphalia. He is Lead Author of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (2014-2017). In the Ranking of Economists of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), he was several times among the 50 most influential economists in Germany.
Confirmed: Prof. Martin Winter, Univ. of Münster, Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology. He is active in chemistry and material science and probably the most famous German researcher in Li-ion battery design. He became also a director of a new Helmholtz institute. He is a highly decorated person.
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