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Dr. Karsten Wegner is lecturer at ETH Zurich and senior researcher at the Particle Technology Laboratory. He studied process engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) from where he graduated in 1998 after carrying out his Master Thesis at the University of Cincinnati (USA). His Ph.D (2002) on gas-phase synthesis of nanoparticles at ETH Zurich was awarded the ETH medal. From 2002 to 2004, he was leader of a research consortium on ceramic nanoparticles, sponsored by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).
Dr. Wegner co-founded the start-up company “FlamePowders” that focused on industrial flame synthesis of nanopowders and was CEO and vice president of FlamePowders before working as a technology consultant with focus on nanomaterials. Thereby he contributed to the growth and success of Tethis, a spin-off company of the University of Milan (Italy) that is active in the field of nanostructured films and nanoparticles. Today, his consulting company for aerosol manufacturing of nanomaterials counts major industries and research centers to its customers. Together with partners Dr. Wegner has designed and built customized pilot plants for flame synthesis of nanoparticles (up to 2 kg/h) around the globe.
His research at the ETH Particle Technology Laboratory focusses on the scale-up and optimization of flame reactors for nanoparticle synthesis as well as post-processing and handling of nanopowders. Dr. Wegner is in charge of the group’s activities in European Research Projects with current focus on scale-up of flame spray pyrolysis reactors for synthesis of catalytic nanoparticles (Project Advance-FSP). Dr. Wegner has co-authored over 20 scientific publications, book chapters and patents in the field of nanomaterials and currently is Chair of the Nanoparticle Group at the Particle Technology Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is lecturing “Micro- and Nanoparticle Technology”, “Mass Transfer” and “Introduction to Nanoscale Engineering” at ETH.
See list of publications here
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