Prof. Dr. Walter Kaminsky was born 1941 in Hamburg and studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg. Since 1979 he has been a full professor for technical and macromolecular chemistry at the University of Hamburg. He received vocations to the Universities of Oldenburg and Karlsruhe.
He supervises a group of 12 students and scientists in the field of metallocene/MAO catalysis and a group in the field of recycling of plastics and scrap tires by pyrolysis. His past experience includes the discovery of a highly active, soluble metallocene catalyst system for the polymerization of olefins and the development of a technical pyrolysis plant for acquiring valuable fractions from waste containing hydrocarbons. Further research and lectures are in the field of chemical engineering, energy production, recycling, land filling and macromolecular chemistry.
He was President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Hamburg section, Dean of the faculty of chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Director of the Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, and is a member of the GDCh, DECHEMA, Naturforscher und Ärzte, Verein deutscher Ingenieure, and Amcerican Chemical Society. He has published more than 300 articles and books and holds 20 patents.
He organized several international symposia in the field of olefin polymerization and pyrolysis of polymer wastes and was guest professor for courses in macromolecular chemistry in Rennes, France.
He is advisor for authorities and companies in the fields of metallocene catalysts, polymerization of olefins, and recycling of plastics and environmental protection.
European Research Prize for the Recycling of Plastic Waste, together with Hansjörg Sinn
Heinz Beckurts Prize for isotactic polymerization with metallocene catalysts, together with Hans H. Brintzinger
Alwin Mittasch Medal for the metallocene catalysts, together with Hans H. Brintzinger, Hansjörg Sinn
Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Carothers Award of the American Chemical Society, Delaware Section for Contributions and Advances in Industrial Applications of Chemistry
Walter Ahlström Prize, Helsinki/Finland, together with Hans H. Brintzinger, Hansjörg Sinn
Honorary Professor of the Zhejiang University in China
Benjamin Franklin Medal for Chemistry
Outstanding Achievement Award of the Society of Plastic Engineers, SPE Devision, USA