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Press release ¤ Information de presse

May 14, 2006

DECHEMA Plaque for outstanding services

The DECHEMA Plaque for outstanding services towards accomplishing DECHEMA’s aims and work for the common good was awarded on the occasion of the Opening Session of ACHEMA 2006 on 14 May 2006 in Frankfurt am Main to three distinguished personalities:

to Prof. Dr. Axel Kleemann, Hanau, for his constant, dedicated advancement of all DECHEMA’s biotechnology activities in politics, the economy, associations and scientific societies,

to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Reichert, Berlin, for his exemplary commitment to progress in the teaching of technical chemistry and his exceptionally successful promotion of next-generation university professors in the fields of technical chemistry, process engineering and biotechnology,

to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henner.Schmidt-Traub, Essen, for his special merits in furthering the integration of technical chemistry and information technology and his efforts in successfully merging these activities at DECHEMA and the VDI/GVC (Society for Chemical Process Engineers).

Prof. Dr. Axel Kleemann was born in 1940. He studied chemistry and obtained his doctorate in Frankfurt am Main in 1968 before commencing his professional career in organic chemistry research at Degussa. As early as 1976 he took on the management of this research area, in 1983 he additionally assumed responsibility for pharma research and the pharma division. From 1987 until his retirement he was a member of the board of ASTA Medica where he was in charge of research and development and also production and engineering. From 1981 he taught at the University of Frankfurt am Main and was appointed honorary professor in 1987. He was a member of the Board of DECHEMA from 1996 to 2003. DECHEMA owes many initiatives and long-term cooperations to his special commitment to biotechnology and his manifold contacts with other societies and associations.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Reichert was born in 1936. He held the chair and was Director of the Institute for Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin for several decades. His scientific work distinguishes him as a pre-eminent scientist in the field of polymer reaction engineering. He established his successful international workshops and continuing education courses in this field for DECHEMA. He was a member of the Board of DECHEMA from 1992 to 1998. For many years he was a member of the DECHEMA Research Committee for the Teaching of Technical Chemistry, which he headed from 1995 to 2004. New editions of the Teaching Profile of Technical Chemistry and fundamental contributions towards strengthening the position of technical chemistry in the framework of academic reforms were significantly shaped by him. His leadership saw the launching of the DECHEMA meetings to promote next-generation professors and the related awards, which have proved to be extremely conducive to the appointment of young colleagues to professorships.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Henner Schmidt-Traub was born in 1940. After successfully completing his school education in Hamburg, he went on to study mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He then studied process engineering at the Technical University of Berlin where he obtained his doctorate and his university teaching qualification in 1974. There followed 15 years in industry at Krupp Koppers in Essen until in 1989 he accepted an appointment to the chair of plant engineering at the University of Dortmund. From 1991 to 1996 he headed the DECHEMA working party “Computer-supported Plant Design” and in 1995 the higher-ranking Research Committee “Computer Applications in the Chemical Industry”. This Research Committee has engendered and fostered many developments that are typically to be seen at an ACHEMA. He was similarly active in the VDI/GVC (Society for Chemical Process Engineers) and thus played a significant role in consolidating the corresponding activities. In addition to all these undertakings, since 2001 he has represented DECHEMA on the Board of DVT, the governing body of scientific-technical societies in Germany.

Photos of the award ceremony can be obtained on request from:
DECHEMA e.V., Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25,
60486 Frankfurt/M, Tel.: 069/7564-267 or e-mail:
and are also available for download on the Internet at, Presse.



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