Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Director of Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy

Lehrstuhl für Chemische Reaktionstechnik
Head of institute, director
Link to institution

  • Section
  • Natural Sciences
  • Working Group
  • Hydrogen Economy 2030


Peter Wasserscheid studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen and finished his PhD in 1998. After an industrial postdoc with BP Chemicals in Sunbury (UK) he returned to the RWTH Aachen where he completed his habilitation in 2002. In 2003, Peter took up his current position at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the director position for the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energy added in 2014 to his duties.
His research efforts have earned him a number of awards including the Leibniz Award of the German Science Foundation in 2006 and two Advanced Investigator Grants of the European Research Council in 2010 and 2018. Peter Wasserscheid has also a special interest in the technology transfer from the research laboratory to real life applications. He acted as a co-founder of several start-up companies. With Solvent Innovation GmbH and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH he received the German Industry Innovation Award in 2003 and 2016, respectively.
Peter Wasserscheid has a track record of more than 400 publications with more than 25,000 citations in peer-reviewed scientific journals and more than 100 patents and patent applications.
In the ESYS project, Peter Wasserscheid contributes his expertise to the working group "Hydrogen Economy 2030"