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Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sadowski

Technical Thermodynamics, Technical University of Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sadowski

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sadowski

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A highly successful researcher at the interface of engineering and natural sciences, Gabriele Sadowski is a recognised authority in the international thermodynamics research community. Her research in the areas of polymer thermodynamics and statistical thermodynamic equations of state has been truly groundbreaking. Among her other achievements, Sadowski has extended the scope of the SAFT theory, used to create molecular models of fluids, to include polymer systems. Known as PC-SAFT, the equation of state which she developed has become an industrial standard and is used in software packages to process and predict states. In her more recent work Sadowski has expanded the scope of thermodynamic research to the life sciences and the study of complex mixtures containing biologically derived agents biological agents. This research in the emerging field of bio-thermodynamics is especially relevant to medical science and biotechnology, and, for instance, can contribute to the production of particulate pharmaceutical substances.

After completing her degree and doctorate at the Technical University of Leuna-Merseburg, Sadowski shifted her focus to the study of process engineering and completed her habilitation thesis in this discipline at the Berlin Institute of Technology in 2000. She was called to the Chair of Thermodynamics at the Technical University of Dortmund in 2001 at just thirty-six. Her numerous research awards and keynote lectures at leading international conferences testify to Gabriele Sadowski's academic standing and expertise. In addition to initiating and coordinating a DFG Priority Programme, Sadowski is a Faculty Dean and a member of numerous academic advisory boards in chemical industry. Her reputation for scientific excellence has enabled Sadowski to attract both top-class scientists from abroad as well as early career researchers to her projects.