Thomas Ernst Müller
Prof. Dr. Thomas E. Müller (MRSC) is full professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. After studies in chemistry at LMU München and ETH Zürich, he received his PhD from ICL London (1995) followed by research positions at University of Sussex and TU Munich and visiting professor positions at NUS Singapore (2005) and University of Tokyo (2005). He then worked for 12 years for Bayer MaterialScience, later Covestro in process development. In parallel, he was head of CAT Catalytic Center, a joint venture of Covestro with RWTH Aachen University. In 2018, he moved back to academia accepting first a teaching position at RFH Köln and, since March 2019, is incumbent of the chair Carbon Sources and Conversion at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His research interests are centered at establishing new process chains for efficient use of carbon. Focus points of his current research include reaction engineering of multiphase reactions, process intensification, the hydrogen economy and life-cycle assessment. His achievements include the publication of more than 90 papers in leading scientific journals and 60 patent applications, mainly in the fields of CO2 chemistry, catalyst development, amine synthesis, and high-performance polymers. With strong background in organometallic chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis his central interest is to take catalyzed reactions to industrial realization. He has the vision is to establish strong bridges for closing the gap between fundamental research and industrial application.