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4th April 2022

Paul Wurth Chair Professor Ladewig appointed to explore innovation in hydrogen technologies

Paul Wurth – the leader in ironmaking technology and equipment – and the University of Luxembourg have renewed their agreement on a teaching and research collaboration. This partnership has seen the appointment of Bradley Ladewig as Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering. The Chair focuses on advanced materials and systems for hydrogen technologies and the occupant has a five-year mandate.

As a company of SMS group, Paul Wurth is a leading market player for the design and construction of complete blast furnace and coke oven plants. Direct reduction plants, environmental protection solutions and recycling technologies complete Paul Wurth’s product portfolio. Presently, the company is focusing on the development of innovative solutions for leading the transformation of the steel industry towards carbon-free steel production.

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is spread across three sites in the country. The University has nearly 7,000 students, 1,400 academic staff and has several faculties and interdisciplinary centres

“I am thrilled to embark on the Paul Wurth Chair at the University of Luxembourg”, said Professor 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”.

Professor Ladewig will be establishing 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.

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”.

Legend for photo: From left to right: Prof. Jens Kreisel, Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Luxembourg, Prof. Bradley Ladewig, Paul Wurth Chair, Prof. Jean-Marc Schlenker, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lessmann, Senior Vice President of Paul Wurth