Dr. Guenter Schmid
Principal Key Expert Research Scientist, Siemens AG / Germany
"Economically viable implementation of Power-to-X concepts is besides the technology itself a major challenge for the successful transition from fossil to renewable energy within the Energiewende. First products might be feasible within the field of high priced special chemicals before moving to bulk chemicals and, with respect to their energy content, cheap fuels. The combination of electrolysis and fermentation provides a platform technology for decentralized production."
Dr. Günter Schmid is a Principal Key Expert Research Scientist at Siemens AG in the department Corporate Technology - Research for Energy and Electronics – Storage Solutions (CT REE STS). He earned his PhD degree from the University of Ulm (Germany) in 1993 and joined 1994 the Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding at the Texas A&M University for a postdoctoral position. Since 1996 he is working within the framework of Siemens companies like Siemens AG, Infineon AG and Osram in various positions. His overall focus is the interaction of matter with electrons.
From 1996 to 1999 he developed organic dielectrics for the application in silicon based semiconductors. In the years 1999 – 2005 he worked on organic field effect transistors based on vacuum processed organic semiconductors with self assembled monolayers (SAM) as gate dielectrics. Later on these SAMs were used in printed circuit boards to manufacture integrated capacitors. From 2006 – 2014 his interest was on Lewis acid based organometallic dopants for OLED application. Currently, his is working on energy storage topics, mainly the single step electrochemical reduction of CO2 to high value chemical feedstock or specialties in aqueous media. Focus areas are electro catalysts, gas-diffusion electrodes, industrially applicable electrochemical cell design and the corresponding operation conditions.
G. Schmid received fellowships from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” and the “Humboldt Stiftung”. He is a member of the German Chemical Society (GDCH) and Electrical Engineering Society (VDE). In 2004 he received the GMM award and in 2009 he became inventor of the year within Siemens.