Kai Sundmacher was born in 1965 in Hildesheim. He studied mechanical engineering and process engineering at the University of Hanover and the Technical University of Clausthal, graduating in 1990 with a degree in process engineering. He received his doctorate from the Institute of Chemical Process Engineering at Clausthal University of Technology in 1995, where he subsequently headed the research groups "Reactive Distillation" and "Electrochemical Reaction Technology". After a research stay as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Newcastle, UK, he habilitated at the TU Clausthal in 1998 in the field of "Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering". In 1999 he was appointed to the C4 Chair of Systems Process Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. In 2001 he was appointed Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg. Kai Sundmacher has received numerous awards for his research results, including the Carl-Zerbe Prize of the German Scientific Society for Natural Gas, Petroleum and Coal (1998), the Arnold-Eucken Prize of the Association of German Engineers (1999), the Meyer Stuckmann Science Prize of the BTU Cottbus (2008) and the Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009). Since 2010 he has been visiting professor at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. Kai Sundmacher is a member of several scientific societies (among others AIChE, DGMK, ISE, VDI) and co-editor of the journal "Chemical Engineering Science".