Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Brunner


Born October 24th, 1942, in Mährisch-Trübau

1982 Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
1978 Habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) in Technical Chemistry from Universität Erlangen- Nürnberg, Germany
1980 Assistant Professor at Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
1972 doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
1968 degree in Chemical Engineering by Technische Universität München, Germany

Adviser of the research center "Integrated Biotechnology Processing"

Editor of "The Journal of Supercritical Fluids"

Foundation member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften (Academy of Science) Hamburg



  • Phase equilibria at elevated pressures and temperatures in complex systems
  • Transfer processes at elevated pressures and temperatures in complex systems; 
  • Separation processes with supercritical gases, i.e. extraction from solids, countercurrent separations, separation with chromatographic methods (SFC); 
  • Simulated-moving-bed-separations, 
  • Hydrodynamic behaviour of countercurrent columns; 
  • Pyrolysis of organic compounds; 
  • Hydrolysis of bio-polymers; 
  • Supercritical water: destruction of waste, cleaning of soil; 
  • Enzymes at high pressures, in particular for separation processes; 
  • Electro-Ultra-filtration for biotechnological systems, 
  • Membrane separations of gases at high pressures; 
  • Biodiesel, bio-refinery