Wilhelm Keim

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Wilhelm Keim (born December 1, 1934 in Oberhausen, Germany) is a German chemist and Professor Emeritus for Technical Chemistry and former director of the Institute for Technical and Petrol Chemistry at RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Wilhelm Keim was one of the key figures in the development of the SHOP – process (Shell higher olefin process). SHOP-olefines have a broad range of applications in industrial chemistry, e.g. for the modification of polyethylene as ethylene-alpha-olefine-copolymere, as source for synthetic fatty alcohols or olefine sulfonates.[1]

He studied chemistry at the Münster and Saarbrücken University. He earned his PhD degree from Max-Planck-Institute für Kohlenchemie in Mülheim an der Ruhr, having studied under Karl Ziegler. After several years in the chemical industry he became Professor at the RWTH Aachen, where he was the director of the Institute for Technical and Petrol chemistry. He retired in 2001.

Keim has received numerous prestigious honours including member of board of the Degussa AG, member of the board of directors of the GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) till 1996, chairman of the board of the DGMK Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V., honorary professor of the technical university in Dalian (China), honorary professor of the university in Hangzhou (China), adjunct professor Dharan King Fahd University (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Honoris Causa Université Lille Nord de France, Dr. Honoris Causa, member of Academia Europaea, and honorary member of the DECHEMA.[2]


  • Grundlagen der industriellen Chemie : techn. Produkte u. Prozesse / Wilhelm Keim; Arno Behr ; Günter Schmitt, ISBN 3-7935-5490-2 (Salle) ; 3-7941-2553-3 (Sauerländer)