Otto Roelen (22 March 1897 in Mülheim, Germany – 30 January 1993 in Bad Honnef, Germany) was a German chemist.
Roelen studied chemistry and graduated in 1922 from
Technische Hochschule Stuttgart. He worked with Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Coal Research from 1922. He developed the homogeneously catalysed hydroformylation process (also known as the "oxo synthesis") for the industrial synthesis of aldehydes from alkenes and carbon monoxide.
second world war he was chief chemist for Ruhr Chemie, and after the war he described the construction, operation and yields of oxo synthesis plants in detail to British [1 ] Department of Scientific and Industrial Research interrogators. [2 ]
Roelen was awarded the
Adolf von Baeyer prize by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker in 1963. In his honor, DECHEMA named the Otto Roelen prize after him.
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Boy Cornils, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Manfred Rasch (1994). "Otto Roelen, Pioneer in Industrial Homogeneous Catalysis". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 33 (21): 2144–2163. doi: 10.1002/anie.199421441.
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