Shell’s Chief Scientists – now a 10-strong group - are recognised for their strong technical capabilities, outstanding breadth and depth of expertise, and external recognition of their contributions in the field of energy. They play an important role in Shell’s vision to become the world’s most innovative and competitive energy company.  The expansion of the group of Chief Scientists underscores the importance Shell places on delivering targeted responses to the challenges of a rapidly changing energy landscape.

“The growing global transport system contributes significantly to the world’s energy challenge and advanced products and technologies have a crucial role in enabling the transition from current mobility concepts to a smarter mobility future,” said Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer for Royal Dutch Shell.

“Our group of Chief Scientists have critical roles to play in driving our business both today and in future and Wolfgang will join a group of outstanding specialists and ambassadors for Shell’s technology, helping to further drive technology development in Shell as well as promote thought-leadership both within industry, academia and with governments and other key organisations.

The concerns of the energy challenge are very evident in the mobility sector and only by working in partnership can we really tackle the rising need for more, cleaner and efficient mobility and access.”

Wolfgang’s expertise in engine technology and automotive products has earned him extensive recognition across the automotive industry and in academia. In 2005, together with Dr Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen, he was awarded the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize', considered by many to be the world's most prestigious award for automotive engineers, for their work on synthetic fuels development.

Wolfgang gained his PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg University and joined Shell in 1987, starting his career as a scientist in the field of lubricant development and engine testing in Shell’s PAE Labor Technology Centre in Hamburg, Germany. He then moved to work as a senior scientist at Shell’s Thornton technology centre in the UK before returning to Hamburg to head up lubricants development and engine bench testing. Subsequent assignments included Lubricants Technical Services for the Deutsche Shell business and in Fuels Marketing in London.

He went on to lead both Automotive Fuels and Lubricants development in Hamburg and then wider R&D at the location before global management roles in Lubricants and, more recently, Retail and Automotive Fuels Development. He has had management responsibility for the Hamburg centre - which specialises in fuels and lubricants development and engine and vehicle technology - since 2000. In addition to his Chief Scientist role, Wolfgang will continue in this role and will also be Senior Technology Manager for Fuels Innovation in Shell.

Shell’s approach to “Smarter Mobility” ranges from the development of more energy-efficient fuels and lubricants to investing in lower carbon alternatives and, for instance, from offering drivers fuel-saving tips to working in technical partnerships and helping to reduce CO2 emissions through specialised road-building solutions.

Commenting on his appointment, Wolfgang said: “Transport accounts for almost a quarter of the world’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, creating a critical need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Shell’s approach to smarter mobility aims to help consumers and business customers meet their energy needs with products and services that address efficiency and performance improvement.

Our technology aims to support the development of the smarter products – such as fuel efficiency improving engine lubricants and low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels - which give consumers different fuel options. Hand in hand with that, is our focus on encouraging smarter consumption of products as encouraging drivers to make minor changes in behaviour which can increase efficient use of fuel.

And the third piece of that jigsaw is looking at how the world’s transport infrastructure can be made smarter – whether it’s the layout of cities, mass transit options or the production, supply and distribution of fuels. This is a hugely exciting role for me to help position technology at the heart of mobility solutions and to work alongside governments, businesses and consumers as we try and satisfy the rising demand for mobility.”

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