Professor Jiří Jaromír Klemeš passed away. A distinguished scientist with extensive international experience, he returned to his Czech alma mater at the end of his career to establish and lead the team of the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory (SPIL) at the NETME Centre.
Jiří Jaromír Klemeš was born in 1945 in Brno. He studied mechanical and chemical engineering at the Brno University of Technology, where he received his PhD in 1977. He then spent decades abroad, among others at universities in Great Britain, Poland, Hungary and China. In 2017, he returned to Brno, where he has managed to build an internationally renowned research team within the NETME Centre, which uses applicable knowledge to contribute to greater efficiency in the process and energy industries, in particular to minimise the so-called greenhouse, nitrogen, energy and water footprints. Thanks to Professor Klemeš’s international reputation, the SPIL team has also been able to collaborate with major institutions abroad. The conference of the same name, which Klemeš and his team organised in Brno, was also very popular internationally.
The renowned researcher was one of the most cited scientists in the world. He has been ranked in the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list, where Clarivate annually ranks the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the world, three times, in 2018, 2020 and 2022. His work has been recognized with numerous honorary professorships and doctorates, including by the University of Maribor, University of Pannonia, the Hungarian Catholic University of Peter Pázmány and the University of Technology Malaysia.
On the occasion of the Highly Cited Researchers 2022 award, an interview with Professor Klemes was published, which you can read here.