Cord Landsmann, Beate Müller-Tiemann and Irina Smirnova strengthen the DECHEMA eV board


09.01.2023 10:11

Cord Landsmann, Beate Müller-Tiemann and Irina Smirnova strengthen the DECHEMA eV board

dr Cord Countryman thyssenkrupp / Uhde, Dr. re. of course Beate Müller-Tiemann, Sanofi-Aventis and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova, Hamburg-Harburg University of Applied Sciences, have been members of the DECHEMA Board since January 2023. They were unanimously elected to the board at the general meeting in November 2022.

The members of the DECHEMA board are elected for three years and are divided into the groups “Apparatus and Plant Engineering”, “Science” and “Chemical Industry/Biotechnology”. They thus represent the most important areas of DECHEMA.

Cord Landsmann has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Uhde business unit, which comprises thyssenkrupp’s chemical engineering and plant construction activities, since January 2022. Prior to that, he was responsible for several multi-billion dollar businesses and projects in the energy, renewable energy and utility sectors. Cord Landsmann brings his experience in developing and executing projects on a global scale, project financing and negotiating complex commercial contracts in the areas of sector coupling and energy transition. As part of his CEO role, he is also responsible for the R&D activities for the development of innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future of the chemical industry, including in the fields of green ammonia and methanol. He studied business administration and management with a focus on finance and international management in Münster, where he also received his doctorate.

Beate Müller-Tiemann is Global Head of Manufacturing Science, Analytics and Technology (MSAT) for chemical and microbial products at Sanofi-Aventis Frankfurt. She is responsible for the entire product portfolio of Sanofi (active ingredient and drug). Her area of ​​responsibility includes, among other things, microbial biotechnology for the production of biopharmaceuticals, but also classic organic chemistry. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology from the University of Hamburg and is a Maîtrise de Biochimie from the University of Montpellier, France. She started her career at Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland, in molecular neurology research, then moved to molecular oncology at Bayer Corporation in West Haven, Connecticut / USA, and then to Schering AG in Berlin, where she specialized in high-throughput technologies in protein research and crystallography before she set up and headed the Biologics Research Organization at the Bayer Research Center in Wuppertal.

Irina Smirnova is Vice President for Research, TU Hamburg and Head of the Institute for Thermal Process Engineering. Her research focuses on aerogels, high-pressure technology, biorefinery, innovative separation technologies and the development of molecular thermodynamic methods. Previously, she was a guest researcher at Sogang University in South Korea and worked until 2008 as a group leader and habilitation candidate at the Institute for Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Institute for Thermal Process Engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Irina Smirnova studied physical chemistry at the State University of St. Petersburg, received her doctorate in 2002 from the Technical University of Berlin and habilitated in 2008 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In her scientific career she was awarded the DECHEMA University Teachers’ Prize for Young Talent, the Hamburg Teaching Prize and the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize.

Re-elected were Dr. Armin Knors, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer, TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Oskar-Werner Reif, Satorius Stedim Biotech AG, Goettingen, and Dr. Wolfram Stichert, hte GmbH, Heidelberg.

Dipl.-Ing. Eva-Maria Maus, Hamilton Bonaduz AG, Bonaduz/CH, and Dr. Andreas Hoff, Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH, Hanau, re-elected for the 2023 association year.

The DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology eV brings together experts from different disciplines, institutions and generations to promote scientific exchange in chemical engineering, process engineering and biotechnology. DECHEMA looks for new technological trends, evaluates them and accompanies the implementation of research results in technical applications. Over 5,800 engineers, scientists, students, companies and institutions belong to the non-profit association. Together with DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, he is the organizer of ACHEMA. More at


Beate Müller-Tiemann, Cord Landsmann, Irina Smirnova (from left) strengthen the DECHEMA Board

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Beate Müller-Tiemann, Cord Landsmann, Irina Smirnova (from left) strengthen the DECHEMA Board


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