Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt

Wolfgang Marquardt has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association, and Coordinator of the Key Technologies/Information research field at Helmholtz since July 1, 2014.

Marquardt studied process engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he earned his doctorate in 1988. In 1992, he gained his postdoctoral teaching qualification, completing a habilitation thesis in the area of process dynamics and process operations and control.

In 1992, Wolfgang Marquardt was appointed to the newly established Chair of Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2014, he has been on leave to assume his current role at Forschungszentrum Jülich. His research interests are model-based process engineering and process systems engineering with an emphasis on modelling, analysis, process synthesis and control, as well as numerical and computational methods and tools supporting process-engineering development processes. On the application oriented research is focused on areas such as processing of renewable raw materials, polymerization, seawater desalination, wastewater treatment, synthetic biofuels, real-time optimization and control of process engineering systems, the calibration of high-resolution measuring techniques, and the design of hybrid separation processes and reactor systems. He lectured as a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (USA) in 1999 and at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2004.

During his time at RWTH, Marquardt served as spokesperson and co-spokesperson of two Collaborative Research Centers as well as spokesperson of AVT Aachener Verfahrenstechnik. He was a member of the management committees of the Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass Cluster of Excellence and of AICES, the Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science. From 2006 to 2011, he was director of RWTH’s  Center for Computational Engineering Science.

Since 2010, he has been a member of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities, which he chaired from 2011 to 2014.