Particle Technology Jacques Villermaux Medal 2015 goes to Joachim Werther

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Professor Joachim Werther from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, has been named as the 2015 winner of the Jacques Villermaux Medal by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Werther, from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, is the laureate of the Jacques Villermaux Medal 2015.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Werther, from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, is the laureate of the Jacques Villermaux Medal 2015.
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Rugby/UK – Professor Werther, from the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology at TUHH, has been recognised for his outstanding scientific achievements in particle technology, with a career spanning more than 40 years in the field. He is regarded as an expert in fluidisation, chemical looping technology, solids process flow simulation and has had profound influence on problem solving within particle technology.

His particular interest is centred on the use of fluidised beds as reactors, where he developed advanced mathematical models to simulate flow within the reactor. His theoretical models became the basis for advanced fluidised bed simulation in industry, and his research has been used to optimise many of Germany’s waste incinerators.

Professor Rafiqul Gani, EFCE President, said: “We are pleased to award Professor Werther with the Jacques Villermaux Medal to recognise such a distinguished academic and researcher. His scientific achievements are exemplary, and the Medal also acknowledges his leadership in promoting education, research and development and scholarship programs within particle technology.”

Professor Werther said: “When I was informed that I had been named the recipient of the Jacques Villermaux Medal, I was totally overwhelmed. To receive this prestigious award is an honour I would never have dared to dream of. This award means recognition of my scientific work on solids process engineering by the chemical engineering community, and it puts me in line with other highly distinguished scientists — Professors Pohorecki, Eigenberger, Zuiderweg and Froment.”

The medal, which is awarded in memory of EFCE’s first Scientific Vice President, Jacques Villermaux, will be presented to Professor Werther at the tenth European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE 10) on 28 September in Nice, France. During the ceremony, Professor Werther will deliver a presentation on ‘Flow sheet simulation of solids processes’.

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