(L-R): Prof. Jens Kreisel, Prof. Bradley Ladewig, Prof. Jean-Marc Schlenker, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lessmann; Credit: © University of Luxembourg / Michel Brumat

On Monday 4 April 2022, the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg-based company Paul Wurth, part of SMS Group, renewed their agreement on a teaching and research collaboration and appointed Bradley Ladewig holder of the Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering.

The Chair focuses on advanced materials and systems for hydrogen technologies; the chairholder’s mandate is for five years.

Prof. Bradley Ladewig studied Chemical Engineering in Australia. He acquired international experience in Australia, France, the UK and Germany where he established a strong research background in advanced materials for molecular separations, and taught a range of chemical engineering subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At the University of Luxembourg, he will build up a new research laboratory with a specific focus on hydrogen-related materials and technologies that address critical gaps in the European context, including the need for very substantial production of green hydrogen for industrial applications. Working together with a range of partners from industry and society, these technologies will be demonstrated and deployed in a range of applications.

I am thrilled to embark on the Paul Wurth Chair at the University of Luxembourg”, said Prof. Bradley Ladewig. “The combination of a dynamic University and the financial and technical support of Paul Wurth provides an excellent foundation to make advances in fundamental and applied hydrogen technologies. I am deeply motivated to work towards a sustainable future and hydrogen will play a critical role in that.”

"The Paul Wurth Chair will allow the Department of Engineering of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine to conduct first-rate research in process engineering, and even better support the Luxembourg industry in its development towards the energy transition and hydrogen economy", said Prof. Jean-Marc Schlenker, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lessmann, Senior Vice President of Paul Wurth, said, “We are delighted to welcome Professor Ladewig to the Paul Wurth Chair. He will help the process chemistry in transforming the iron sector over the next few years. It is Paul Wurth’s intention to support the professor in his activities and we’re looking forward to him taking the reins.”