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Oct 28, 2015

Hanns Hofmann Award 2015 goes to Erik von Harbou

The Hanns Hofmann Award of the ProcessNet Subject Division Reaction Engineering is being conferred on Assistant Professor Dr.-Ing. Erik von Harbou of TU Kaiserslautern for his outstanding achievements in the area of the analysis of complex chemical processes and their interaction with fluid technology and thermodynamics.

Erik von Harbou’s research couples fundamental methodological work with the investigation of important practical issues. His main focus is on reaction engineering topics connected with fluid technology and thermodynamics. Von Harbou combines experiments with advanced modeling and simulation methods. His work is distinguished not only by numerous scientific publications, but at the same time by its marked practical relevance; this is underscored by the number of industrial cooperations in which Erik von Harbou is involved.

The Hanns Hofmann Award comes with a cash sum of € 3,000 and is conferred for fundamental and innovative research by young scientists under the age of 35 who have developed a distinctive scientific profile in the field of chemical reaction engineering.

The award ceremony will take place on 28 October 2015 during ESCRE 2015 – European Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering - in Fürstenfeldbruck.

Born in 1981, Erik von Harbou studied process engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and was awarded his doctorate with honours at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. He then held a postdoc position at the University of Cambridge, UK. In June 2013 he was appointed as Assistant Professor for Chemical Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Erik von Harbou was awarded the DOW Pre-Diploma Prize in 2004 and a scholarship from the German Industry Foundation. In 2012 he received a DAAD postdoc scholarship, in 2013 the PhD Prize of the Friends of TU Kaiserslautern and in 2014 a Max Buchner research scholarship.

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