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Workshop Continuous Bioprocessing
DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt am Main

Scale-up and scale-down of bioprocesses
Ramada Hotel Hamburg-Bergedorf
2015-05-11 - 2015-05-13

Bunsentagung 2015
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2015-05-14 - 2015-05-16


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DECHEMA Prize-winners since 1951

1951 Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Oskar Dorschner, Bad Homburg v.d.H.
Thermodynamic and heat transfer problems during synthesis
1952 Prof. Dr.phil.habil. Ernst Bartholomé, Ludwigshafen,
Direktor Dr.phil.habil. Hans Sachsse, Mainz
Production of acetylene by partial oxidation of hydrocarbons
1953 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Rumpf, Karlsruhe
Research and development in grinding and sieving
1954 Dr.-Ing. Werner Matz, Frankfurt am Main-Höchst
Work towards the calculation of the lining of steel vessels
1955 Dr.-Ing. Julius Schierenbeck, Heidelberg
The construction of high pressure vessels using the BASF Schierenbeck winding process
1956 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Erwin W. Becker, Marburg/Lahn
Separation of vaporised uranium isotopes above the speed of sound utilising jets and orifices developed by him
1957 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Theodor Gast, Walsum/Niederrhein
Development of the electrical microbalance using the principle of automatic Dower compensation
1958 Dozent Dr.rer.nat. Ernst Ulrich Franck, Göttingen
Basic research on solutions in supercritical gases at high temperatures and densities
1959 Dr.-Ing. Friedrich Endter, Konstanz
Development of a high temperature reactor for the synthesis of hydrocyanic acid from ammonia and methane
1960 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Clusius, Zürich (Schweiz)
Preparation of isotopes with the aid of a separation tube
1961 Dr.-Ing. Joachim Schmidt, Langenfeld/Rheinland
Counter flow crystallisation as a new method of separation
1962 Dr.phil.nat. Jürgen Smidt, München
Dr.rer.nat. Walter Hafner, München
Discovery of the direct oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde
1963 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Horn, Houston, Texas (USA)
Optimization of chemical reactors and plant
1964 Dipl.-Chem. Ewald Katzschmann, Witten
Process for the production of aromatic polycarbonic acids and their esters by catalytic oxidation of aromatic alkyls with oxygen
1965 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Heinz Spähn, Ludwigshafen
Studies on the corrosion fatigue of metallic materials
1966 Dozent Dr.-Ing. Ernst-Dieter Gilles, Darmstadt
Studies on the dynamic behaviour and control of chemical reactors
1967 Dr.-Ing. habil. Helmar Krupp, Frankfurt am Main
Theoretical and experimental studies of particle adhesion to solid surfaces
1968 Privatdozent Dr.rer.nat. Peter Hugo, Münster
Theoretical and experimental studies on the correlation of mass transfer in the gas phase with chemical change - gaseous/solid and with heterogeneous catalysis
1969 Privatdozent Dr.-Ing. Jogindar Mohan Chawla, Karlsruhe
Discovery of new laws to represent two-phase flow with new insights into heat exchange and pressure drop in gas/liquid flow
1970 Privatdozent Dr.rer.nat. Kurt Kirchner, Frankfurt am Main
Studies of the kinetics of homogeneous reactions, especially for the explanation of the purely thermal polymerisation of styrene and the conversion of gaseous reaction components at extremely low concentrations
1971 Dr.-Ing. Lothar Reh, Frankfurt am Main
Pre-combustion investigations in fluidized beds, studies on strongly expanded fluidized beds applied to endothermic reactions between gases and fine solids, applied to the development of a new large scale process for the calcination of aluminium hydroxide in circulating fluidized beds.
1972 Dr.rer.nat. Ulrich Wagner, Limburgerhof
Dr.rer.nat. Hans Martin Weitz, Frankenthal
Studies of a process for the production of very pure butadiene from the C-4 fraction by extraction with n-methyl pyrrolidone and its commercial development
1973 Prof. Dr.phil. Walter Nitsch, München
Molecular kinetic studies on the transport mechanism of heat and mass transfer between liquid phases
1974 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Luft, Darmstadt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Steiner, Frankfurt am Main-Höchst
Kinetic and thermodynamic investigations on the control of high pressure reactions
1975 Prof. Dr. Cornelis van Heerden, Geleen (Niederlande)
Studies of the theory of the autothermal reactor and its practical utilisation and also for his contribution to chemical engineering in Europe (European DECHEMA prize of the Max-Buchner-Forschungsstiftung awarded especially in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the DECHEMA's founding)
1976 Dr.-Ing. Werner Stahl, München
Basic studies of liquid-solid separation which led to a scientifically based improvement in the operation of large decanter centrifuges
1977 Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Eigenberger, Ludwigshafen
Studies of optimal and safe process control of strongly exothermic reactions
1978 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Claussen, Stuttgart
Studies to improve fracture strength, the mechanical strength and the stability to temperature change of ceramic materials by controlled changes in phase structure of finely dispersed additives
1979 Dr.-Ing.habil. Arno Singwald, Kassel
Dr. Günter Fricke, Heringen
Development of the electrostatic processing of crude potash salts to reduce the release of environmentally damaging salt solutions
1980 Privatdozent Dr.rer.nat. Gerhard Kreysa, Wehrheim
Studies of the principles and application of flow-through packed bed electrolytic cells and fluidized bed cells
1981 Privatdozent Dr.rer.nat. Karl Heinrich van Heek, Essen
Studies of the kinetics of coal pyrolysis to yield design parameters for coal refining plants
1982 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Erhard Sirtl, Burghausen
Basic research in the preparation of pure silicon for application in solar technology
1983 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Axel Schönbucher, Stuttgart
Investigations of coherent eddy structure in tank flames. The work led to new insights into radiation and hence to improved safety of chemical plant.
1984 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Helmut Tiltscher, Erlangen
Studies of high pressure reactions in heterogeneous systems which led to increased selectivity and working life of catalysts
1985 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Hermann Sahm, Jülich
Development of a production plant for ethanol using Zymomonas mobilis
1986 Dr. Hermann Riedel, Freiburg
Contributions to the studies of crack development under creep conditions and the development of methods for safe and economical construction of hot equipment
1987 Dr. Friedrich Vock, Münster-Hiltrup
Development of a centrifugal fluidized bed mill which improved product quality, throughput and energy consumption in fine grinding
1988 Prof. Dr. Friedrich Götz, Tübingen
Dr. Herbert Märkl, Hamburg-Harburg
The development of a genetically engineered bacteria system and the construction of a new membrane bioreactor for the production of high value proteins
1989 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Michael Buback, Göttingen
Basic investigations using excimer lasers at high pressures which allow both polymerisation reactions to be studied and studies of copolymerisation for the production of new materials
1990 Frank Janowski, Halle a.d. Saale
Porous glasses - manufacture, properties and applications
1991 Prof. Dr. Henning Bockhorn, Kaiserslautern
Quantitative investigations of the interaction between turbulent flow and chemical reactions
1992 Dr.-Ing. Hans Schuler, Ludwigshafen
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudibert King, Stuttgart
The mathematical modelling of the dynamics of chemical and biological reactions to improve process safety and product quality
1993 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Thomas-Helmut Scheper, Münster
Work on the development of biochemical and chemical sensors and their application for the analysis, optimization and study of reactions in biological processes
1994 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Martin Stratmann, Erlangen
Studies in the fields of surface science and electrochemistry which represent a breakthrough both for an understanding of atmospheric corrosion and for the development of polymer coatings with good adhesive properties
1995 Privatdozentin Dr.rer.nat. Josefin Meusinger, Jülich
Outstanding work in the field of zeolite catalysis, in particular of optimised erionite-containing catalyst systems to increase selectivity in the production of environmentally friendly light fuels (with high octane numbers) by shape-selective reforming
1996 Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Martin Sommerfeld, Halle a. d. Saale
Early experimental and numerical work in the promising field of two-phase flows, especially the further development of phase-Doppler anemometry and the development of calculation methods for modelling particle movements in turbulent flows
1997 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Lothar Willmitzer, Golm
Pioneering research in the promising field of the development of molecular biological methods for plant biotechnology and their application in the tailor-made breeding of transgenic cultigens
1998 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Martin Muhler, Bochum
Fundamental studies towards an unterstanding of the mode of functioning, characterization and theoretical modelling of heterogenous catalysis. These studies opened up new possibilities to improve the efficiency of the synthesis of basic industrial chemicals.
1999 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, Magdeburg
Fundamental studies towards modelling and dynamic simulation and integration of chemical reactions and substance separation. These studies opened up new possibilities to increase the efficiency of chromatographical separation technologies for industrial applications.
2000 Dr.rer.nat. Peter Wasserscheid, RWTH Aachen
Fundamental works for the development of ionic fluids and their applications for catalysis and biotechnology.
2001 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Jürgen Rühe, Freiburg
Pioneering experimental, theoretical and application-oriented work on the functionalization of interfaces by surface adhering macromolecules
2002 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Gutsch, Marl
Pioneering work in the field of gas phase synthesis of nanoparticles from interdisciplinary basic research to industrial application.


Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Bernhard Hauer, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen
Pioneering experimental work on the use of bio-catalysts for the synthesis of chiral compounds and their industrial application.
2004 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. habil. Olaf Deutschmann, Universität Karlsruhe
Fundamental research in the field of fluid dynamic modelling of complex reactive systems based on detailed, physical studies.
2005 Prof. dr. ir. Pieter Jansens, TU Delft, Netherlands
Integrated multi-disciplinary approach, from molecule to process, of separation technology in general and industrial crystallization in particular.
2006 Prof. Dr. Steven M. Howdle, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the innovative use of supercritical fluids for the synthesis and processing of polymers with a wide range of applications including bioactive materials.
2007 Prof. dr. ir. Bert M. Weckhuysen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
In recognition of his excellent developments of combined in-situ spectroscopic methods and their application to industrial catalytic processes.
2008 Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Wolfgang Wiechert, Siegen
In his ground-breaking work on the modelling of metabolic processes that leads to a quantitatively and experimentally proven description of biological systems and their industrial use.
 2009 Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Lutz Mädler, Bremen
In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the production of nanomaterials by flame spray pyrolysis for applications in sensor technology, catalysis and medical technology.
2010 Prof. Dr. Rolf Müller, Saarbrücken
In recognition of his outstanding research resulting in the discovery and biosynthesis of microbial substances for pharmaceutical applications
2011 Prof. Dr. Andreas Hierlemann, Zürich
In recognition of his outstanding interdisciplinary research resulting in the development of innovative sensorsystems combining microelectronic with chemical and biological systems

Prof. Dr.Joachim Groß, Stuttgart
In recognition of his outstanding research  predicting thermodynamic behavior of multicomponent mixtures

 2013 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Scheibel
In recognition of his outstanding works on spider silk and the manufacturing by biotechnological processes

Dr. Karl Mayrhofer, Düsseldorf
For his pathbreaking work on the analytics and development of corrosion-resistant electro-catalysts for energy conversion systems


Dr. Frank Hollmann, Delft
For his pathbreaking work on the development of environmental friendly light- and electricity-driven enzymatical redox processes for organic synthesis