Wilhelm Keim#

Wilhelm Keim
Sadly, this member passed away.
Email:wrkeim 'at' t-online.de
Membership Number:1931
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Username:wkeim
Elected:1999
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Wilhelm Keim passed away September 30, 2018.

Positions Held
  • 2000 Retired (emeritus professor)
  • 1987 - 1990 Dean of Faculty I at RWTH Aachen
  • 1986 Offer to become President of Bergbauforschung GmbH at Essen (not accepted)
  • 1985 Offer to become Director of Deutsches Erdölinstitut (not accepted)
  • 1973 - today Full Professor Institut für Technische Chemie und Petrochemie der RWTH Aachen
  • 1971 Manager Shell Development - USA - (responsible for fundamental processes and catalyst development)
  • 1969 Department Head Shell Development - USA - (responsible for oil conversion processes and catalyst developments)
  • 1967 Supervisor Shell Development - USA - (Petrochemicals)
  • 1965 Chemist Shell Development - USA - (basic research/discovery of SHOP-process)
  • 1964 Postdoctoral fellowship, Columbia University N.Y.

Fields of Scholarship
  • Catalysis (homogeneous and heterogeneous)
  • Oil conversion
  • Petro-chemicals
  • Fine chemicals C1-chemistry
  • Industrial process development
  • Green chemistry
  • Multiphase processes
  • Homogeneous transition metal based catalysis

Honours and Awards
  • Honorary Ph.D. at Lille University (France)
  • Member of Academia Europea
  • Foreign Member of Academy of Sciences (GUS)
  • Pino Medaille Italian Chemical Society 1998
  • Mittasch Medaille German (DECHEMA) 1998
  • Engler Medaille German 1999
  • DECHEMA Medaille 2001
  • Science 4 life Award 2001
  • Fellowship Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Honorary Member of DGMK (2000)
  • Honorary Member of DECHEMA (2003)
  • Honorary Professor Dalian Technical University (VR China)
  • Honorary Professor Zheyiang University (VR China)
  • Adjunct Professor King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
  • Honorary Professor University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)


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