Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Dr. Peter Wasserscheid is currently a full professor of Chemical Reaction Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg. He is also a director of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy. After completing his Ph.D. (1998) degree at RWTH Aachen University, he worked as an industrial postdoc at BP Chemicals, Sunbury on Thames, UK and then as a workgroup leader (and Habilitand) at Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University.

His research interests are primarily in green chemistry and sustainable chemical reaction engineering, chemical energy storage, multiphase catalysis, ionic liquids and molten salts. Peter Wasserscheid is an author of more than 400 publications (SCOPUS, 15.8.2019) in peer-reviewed international journals (including Nature, Nature Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, etc.). He has an H-index of 73 (> 24,000 citations, SCOPUS). Since 1999, Peter has delivered more than 500 contributions (including students and collaborators) to national and international meetings. Peter’s patent track record amounts to more than 100 published patent applications.

Major awards include the 2003 (Solvent Innovation CmbH) and 2016 (Hydrogenious Technologies) Gereman Indusry Innovation awards, the 2006 Leibniz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG) (highest distinction granted by DFG), the 2010 and 2018 Advanced Investigator Grant from European Research Council and the 2018 nominee (Top 3) of the German presidential award ‘Deutscher Zukunftspreis’ (‘German Fuure Award’) for outstanding achievements in science and technology.

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