Prof. Wilhelm Schwieger
University of Erlangen, Germany
Title of the conference: Hierarchical zeolite containing porous systems: preparation concepts and potential applications
Wilhelm Schwieger studied Chemistry in Halle/Saale at the Martin-Luther-University from 1970 to 1774. In 1974 he joined the group of Prof. F. Wolf at the Institute of Technical Chemistry at the same University. In 1989, his PhD thesis with the title “Preparation and characterisation of aluminium-free layered silicates and their related silicic acids” was recognized with ‘summa cum laude’. After his PhD he joined the inorganic research division at the “Chemiekombinat Bitterfeld” and became the responsible head of the ‘Molecular-Sieve-Group’, a joined working group of the university and the industry. After about ten years in the industrial research he went back to the university in Halle in the fall of 1989. He overtook an assistant professor ship at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg at the institute of Technical Chemistry and became the head of the research group “Crystalline Silicates”. After two research internships, at the institute for Chemical Engineering at the Universität Karlsruhe in the workgroup of Prof. Dr. L. Riekert in 1992/1993 and as a research fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Group of Prof. Dr. C. A. Fyfe in 10/1993 to 12/1994 he moved back to Halle where he finished his habilitation in 1994 und was appointed as an assistant professor at the Institute for Technical Chemistry. In 1998 he moved to Erlangen where he overtook the professor ship for ‘Technical Chemistry’ at the department of ‘Chemical und Bioengineering’ of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was awarded with the ‘Leopoldina-Förderpreis’ (1992), the Feodor-Lynen-Stipendium der Alexander v. Humbuldt-Stiftung in (1993) and the ‘Forschungs- und Innovationspreis der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg’ in 1997.
He has served as referee several journals and for the AiF, DFG and AvH foundation. From 2001 to 2005 he served as the dean of studies at the Technical Faculty an as the elected member of the “Senatsausschuss für Lehre und Forschung”. In addition, as a Member of the executive board of “Förderkreis Ingenieurstudium e.V.” he is strongly involved in the support of young people.
W.Schwieger has published more than 200 publications in scientific jour¬nals and books plus many papers in proceedings. He was an invited speaker at national and international conferences. He was organiser and co-organiser of the German Annual Meeting of the annual German Zeolite Meetings in 1997, 2001 and 2011. W.Schwieger was a member of the board (vice president) of the German Zeolite Association from 2005 to 2011 and is member of the synthesis commission of the International Zeolite Association (IZA). He cooperates with a number of national and international research groups (e.g. R. Dittmeyer, Karlsruhe, S. Kowalak, Poznan, Poland; A.Corma, Valencia, Spain; B. Abu-Ziad, Assuit, Egypt; M. Mokthar, Saudi Arabia). His working group has annually about 16 scientific working members. He supervises about 10 -14 PhD students and 2 postdocs and a number of BSc and MSc/Diplom-students every year. He has received funds (approx. 0,5 Mio. €/year) from national organisations (e.g. DFG, BMBF, VCI) and a number of companies (e.g. Süd-Chemie AG, Sortech AG).
His research interests are widespread in the field of heterogenous catalysis and porous materials in general. He focused is the structure formation and the application of porous systems. In particular: (i) Surface chemistry on and in crystalline porous materials (layered silicates, zeolites or zeolite-like materials, aluminum phosphates); (ii) structure-working relationships of porous materials in respect to their of different applications; (iii) development of new porous inorganic materials; (iv) reaction on and in porous materials and development of composite materials with hierarchical pore structures for the development of new reactor concepts.