Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

In Recognition of Contributions and Innovations in Chemical Engineering

February 21, 2023

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, Process Engineer and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg, has been elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern was newly inducted into the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America in February 2023 for contributions to adsorption, preparative chromatography, and crystallization processes and to development and theory for resolving enantiomeric mixtures.

Election to the U.S. American National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

National Academy of Engineering membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, born in 1956, has headed the Department of Physical-Chemical Fundamentals of Process Engineering at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg since 1998 and made a significant contribution to the establishment and success of the Max Planck Institute, which was newly founded in the state capital in 1998. After studying process engineering at the TH Leuna-Merseburg, he earned his doctorate at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, spent a year at the University of Tennessee in the USA, habilitated at the TU Berlin and worked for Schering AG in research and development. In 1995, Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern accepted a position at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and led there until 2022the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering in the Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering.

His research areas include new reactor concepts(for example chromatographic reactors and membrane reactors), heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption and chromatography and crystallization processes. His group develops novel processes for the efficient separation of mixtures of very similar molecules (for example enantiomers) and and sustainable and affordable processes to provide drugs which are based on natural prodcuts (for example artemisinin based antimalarial drugs).

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution and is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine of the U.S. The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected national and international members, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers.

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