Prof. dr. Volker Hessel

Micro Flow Chemistry and Process Technology

University of Technology Eindhoven,

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Title: "From Microfluidics to Future Factories in Chemistry: Intensification at all Scales"


Prof.dr. Volker Hessel, born 1964, studied chemistry at Mainz University. He got the PhD level in the field of organic chemistry in 1993. The topic of his PhD thesis was structure-property relationships of special supra-molecular structures, micelles and lyotropic liquid crystals, constructed by so-called bi- or multi-polar amphiphiles with rigid core unit.

Since 1994 Prof.dr. Hessel is an employee of the Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH and since 1996 he became group leader for microreaction technology. In 1999 he was appointed Head of the Microreaction Technology Department, formed at that time, meanwhile named Chemical Process Technology. His fields of research comprise micro process engineering for mixing, fine chemistry, fuel processing and heterogeneous catalysis. In 2002 Prof. Dr. Hessel was appointed Vice Director R&D at IMM and in 2007 as Director R&D at IMM.

Prof.dr. Hessel is author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications (with 24 extended reviews) and more than 180 conference papers with regard to chemical micro process engineering, 15 book chapters, and 5 books.

In July 2005, Prof.dr. Hessel was appointed as part-time professor for the chair of “Micro Process Engineering” at Eindhoven University of Technology, TU/e. This professorship is under the umbrella of the Chemical Reactor Engineering group of Jaap Schouten in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Currently, Prof.dr. Hessel was appointed as honorary professor at the Technical Chemistry Department at Technical University of Darmstadt and is in this function active within the Cluster of Excellence Smart Interfaces (CSI).

Prof.dr. Hessel received the AIChE award “Excellence in Process Development Research” in 2007. His Hirsch number (scientific impact measure) is 25.

A.o. Prof.dr. Hessel was AIChE chair (US) “Microprocess Engineering”(2005-2008); elected board member of the German industrial platform IPmVT; member of the editorial boards of “Catalysis Today”, “Chemical Engineering Journal”, “Chemical Engineering Technology”, “Recent Patents on Chemical Engineering”, and “Current Organic Chemistry”; Topical chair at AIChE Spring conferences 2006+2007 and organising committee member of symposia held at CHISA-6, ECCE-6 (EPIC), EUChemS and WCCE-8 as well as chair of the program committees of the “Conference on Smart Synthesis and Technologies for Organic Processes” (SynTOP) and the “International Conference on Microreaction Technology 10” (IMRET-10).