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Press release ¤ Information de presse

May 14, 2006


for outstanding commitment in the field of chemical engineering – awards for Prof. Gerhard Emig and Dr. Wolfram Wagner

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Emig, Erlangen, and Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Wagner, Dormagen, will receive the DECHEMA Medal on 14 May 2006 on the occasion of the Opening Session of ACHEMA 2006 in Frankfurt am Main. This medal has been awarded for outstanding commitment in the field of chemical engineering since 1951 when it was initiated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of DECHEMA.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Emig, Erlangen, will receive the DECHEMA Medal for his outstanding services to research, research promotion and teaching in technical chemistry and also for his successful contribution to cooperation between science and industry at DECHEMA.

Dr.-Ing Wolfram Wagner, Dormagen, will be awarded the DECHEMA Medal for his distinguished services to process engineering, his dedicated promotion of industrial cooperative research and his resolute contributions towards advancing cooperation between DECHEMA and other learned societies.

Prof. Dr.–Ing. Gerhard Emig was born in 1938. He studied chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt where he received his doctorate in chemical engineering in the year 1965. In subsequent years until 1974, he played a major part, under the direction of Prof. Hanns Hofmann, in setting up the newly founded Engineering Faculty of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 1975 he received his university teaching qualification in Erlangen and was appointed professor in 1978. In the year 1988 he was appointed to the chair for chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. In 1992 he succeeded Prof. Hanns Hofmann to the chair of technical chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he remained until he became professor emeritus.

Over 200 scientific publications, including monographs and standard text books, document his wide-ranging scientific work. He specialised in heterogeneous catalysis, reactor engineering, kinetics modeling and gas phase deposition. From 1993 until 2004 he was a member of the Board of DECHEMA. From 1994 to 2004 he headed the DECHEMA Research Committee “Chemical Reaction Engineering”. He was also a member of the DECHEMA Research Board of Trustees and of the Board of Trustees of Karl-Winnacker-Institut. Many DECHEMA award-winners were nominated under his chairmanship of the Expert Committee of the Max Buchner Research Foundation.

Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Wagner was born in 1943. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig where he obtained his diploma in the year 1968. After a year in industry at BBC in Mannheim he returned to the University’s Institute for Turbomachinery where he obtained his doctorate in 1972. The following year saw the start of his successful career at Bayer AG. After various posts abroad and in different Bayer subsidiaries, in 1983 he was appointed manager of the Technical Process Development Unit at Engineering Headquarters. In 1986 he was appointed a Director and in 1990 manager of the Technical Development/Applied Physics Department. In 2001 he was made Director of Engineering of Bayer AG where he supervised its transition into Bayer Technology Services GmbH, of which he was Chief Executive.

Until his retirement in the year 2005 he succeeded in firmly positioning this engineering company on the world market. From the year 2000 until 2005 he was a member of the Board of DECHEMA and continued to play an active part in the work of the DECHEMA Research Board of Trustees and the Administrative Committee of the Max Buchner Research Foundation. In his capacity as a member of the DVCV (German Association for Chemical and Process Engineering Board of Trustees) he successfully intensified cooperation between VDI/GVC (Society for Chemical Process Engineering) and DECHEMA. Under his chairmanship the GVT (Research Society for Process Engineering) moved its headquarters to DECHEMA.

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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