Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Peukert (46), Mechanical Process Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (1.55 million euros)
The success of research in engineering is partly measured by its potential for practical application. Researchers attempt to understand the basic physical and chemical concepts of the interactions between particles and to use these with the aim of obtaining particular product characteristics. Wolfgang Peukert has shown considerable success at this interface between basic research and application. One of the focal points of his work is particle properties in the sub-micron size range. The behaviour of and interaction between particles are decisive for the characteristics of a product. Whereas in the past the particles of interest were larger than a micron, an increasing number of modern applications demand much smaller particles. With his research into the properties of particles in the sub-micron and nanometre size range Wolfgang Peukert has shed light on the scientific relationships and created the basis for the tailor-made design of product properties, and thus for application.
After studying chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and subsequently obtaining his doctorate in mechanical process engineering, Wolfgang Peukert joined the R&D department of Hosokawa Micron and worked in Germany and Japan. In 1998 he accepted an appointment to the chair for Particle Technology at the Technical University of Munich and in early 2003 moved to the Institute of Particle Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
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