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Profession: Chemical Scientist
Location Main Office: City // Berlin | Country // Germany
Chemical reaction engineering, Chemical technology, Chemistry
Experience in Industries, Products & Services:
Catalyst research & development, Chemistry, Renewable energy
Education: Professor Dr. Manfred Baerns began his education with studies of chemistry, chemical technology, chemical reaction engineering in the years 1954 – 1959 at the Hannover Institute of Technology (University of Hannover), and made his Ph.D. degree in 1961 (Dr. rer. nat.) with the subject “Radial and axial gas mixing in fluidized-bed reactors”, followed by the Habitation in Chemical Technology in 1974 with the subject: “Effect of forced oscillations on mass transfer”.
Professional career & experiences: Postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA (non-aqueous nuclear- fuel reprocessing) (1962 – 1964); Senior scientific assistant, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Hannover (fluidized-bed reactors, effect of forced oscillations on mass transfer, specialty chemicals) – (1965 – 1969); Head of chemical research and development at KRUPP Chemical Engineering Division (later name KRUPP-Koppers now KRUPP-UHDE) with oxidation catalysis in gas/liquid chemical reactors, reprocessing of diluted sulphuric acid and isomerisation of xylenes – (1969 – 1974).
From 1974 to 1994 Prof. Baerns was full professor of chemical technology and reaction engineering (holder of the chair) and head of laboratory of chemical technology and reaction engineering at Ruhr-University Bochum (since June 1995 on leave and 1999 Professor Emeritus ).
What followed were Consulting activities for large corporations, like AMOCO (US) on oxidative coupling of methane (various patents), Hoechst AG on selective oxidation reactions, as well as due-diligence examination for SABIC, US with respect to a methane oxidation process.
From 1995 – 2006 he became the Scientific Director, Institute for Applied Chemistry Berlin Adlershof, Berlin/Germany (4 research departments with ca. 150 employees). The areas of research were heterogeneous catalysis (petrochemicals, oxidation of hydrocarbons, high-throughput experimentation for combinatorial catalysts development); catalytic reaction engineering (kinetics, fixed-bed and fluidized-bed reactors, micro-structured reactors).
In 2006 the Fritz-Haber-Institute called the Professor to become a guest scientist (Dept. Inorganic Chemistry) of Max-Planck-Society, which he executed until 2014.
Awards: Honorary Professorships at Humboldt University and Technical University at Berlin (1996); Titanium medal of DECHEMA for scientific achievements (1998); The WCOC award of 2005 in recognition of distinguished contributions to the science and technology of catalytic oxidation and long-time service as leader of the scientific community of catalytic oxidation (2005); Honorary membership of Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis at University of Rostock (2008).
Selected further activities:
Member of assessment committees for research projects, priority programs, grants, research networks of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society), Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Karl Winnacker-Stiftung, University of Limerick.
Advisory boards: Joint German/Polish Coal Research Institute funded by Polish government and KRUPP foundation, Norwegian governmental research program on natural gas conversion and utilisation, Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) at University of Limerick, Ireland, Coordination Action CONCORDE (Co-ordination of Nanostructured Catalytic Oxides Research and Development in Europe), etc. Dean of the faculty of chemistry and member of the senate of Ruhr-University Bochum.
Previous member of DECHEMA’s board.
Member of DECHEMA’s working parties on catalysis, industrial reactions (chairman for ca 10 years) and on micro-reaction engineering.
Consultant to various national and international industrial companies (Germany, EU, USA, Japan).
President of the International Board of the 5th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis 2005, Japan.
Chairman of the Organizational and Scientific Board of the 4th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis, Berlin/Potsdam 2001.
Guest editorships: Catalysis Today, Applied Catalysis, Catalysis Letters.
Editorial board: Catalysis Today (until 2004), Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions, Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry.
Prof. Baerns joined CBA as Consulting Professional in May 2015.
Dean of the faculty of chemistry and member of the senate of Ruhr-University Bochum, President of the International Board of the 5th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis 2005, Japan, •Chairman of the Organisational and Scientific Board of the 4th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis, Berlin/Potsdam 2001
Years in Advisory: 25