Gerd Brunner

Gerd Brunner

GERD H. BRUNNER (Prof. em. of Chemical Engineering) Institute for Thermal Separation Processes Hamburg University of Technology (Institut für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg), Eissendorfer Strasse 38, D-21073 Hamburg, Germany. Phone: 0049-40-42878-2007 FAX: 0049-40-42878-4072 e-mail: brunner@tuhh.de Academic qualifications: 1968 degree in Chemical Engineering by Technische Universität München, Germany. 1972 doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 1978 Habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) in Technical Chemistry from Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 1980 Assistant Professor at Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 1982 Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg. 2008 retired from active service. Industrial experience: 1982 - 1990 Senior researcher Siemens-KWU (non-nuclear energy activities), from 1983 as consultant. 1989 - now: Consultant to F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG (supercritical fluids application) 1982 - now: Consultant to many industrial companies in the field of Supercritical Fluids. Honorary positions Chair Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg Honorary Professor of Chemical Engineering, (Dr. h.c.), Technical University Sofia, 2008 Professional Position 1982 - March 2008 Full Professor, Head of Subdepartment Thermische Verfahrenstechnik, Various position in administration of research and teaching at the Hamburg University of Technology Actual position: Prof. em. of Chemical Engineering Regional Editor of The Journal of Supercritical Fluids Scientific interests • Phase equilibria at elevated pressures and temperatures in complex systems; • Transfer processes at elevated pressures and temperatures in complex systems; • Separation processes with supercritical gases, i.e. extraction from solids, countercurrent separations, separation with chromatographic methods (SFC); • Simulated-moving-bed-separations, • Hydrodynamic behaviour of countercurrent columns; • Pyrolysis of organic compounds; • Hydrolysis of bio-polymers; • Supercritical water: destruction of waste, cleaning of soil; • Enzymes at high pressures, in particular for separation processes; • Electro-Ultra-filtration for biotechnological systems, • Membrane separations of gases at high pressures; • Biodiesel, bio-refinery. Publications: About 290 publications, including about 15 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hamburg University of Technology, Germany