Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus is a professor of Physical Chemistry at Bielefeld University, Germany, since 1994 and was appointed as a Senior Professor in 2017. Her research targets combustion chemistry and diagnostics with a multidisciplinary approach encompassing aspects of chemistry, physics, material science and engineering.
Kohse-Höinghaus has been honored with prestigious awards, professorships and lectureships for her scientific contributions, including the German Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande), the Giulio Natta Medal in Chemical Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, and the three highest awards for international scientific cooperation issued by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the People's Republic of China. CAS has also awarded her a Distinguished Scientist Presidential International Fellowship in 2020. Furthermore, she is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute and was awarded its Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal in 2018. She has received the Walther Nernst Medal of the Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry in 2020.
Professor Kohse-Höinghaus is a member of six academies, including both, the German National Academies of Sciences (Leopoldina) and of Engineering (acatech) as well as the European Academy of Sciences. She has also served in numerous functions in professional societies and academic organizations, including the German Council of Sciences and the Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) that advises the government as well as the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was president of the Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry and member of the senates of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and of the Helmholtz Association of National laboratories.
In the combustion field, she has served as editor-in-chief of Combustion and Flame, is a member of several editorial boards and she has been the president of the international professional society The Combustion Institute from 2012-2016. Kohse-Höinghaus serves in the scientific advisory boards of several national and international research centers and foundations. She is also a dedicated teacher and mentor to early-career researchers, with more than 100 theses supervised, and founded the first hands-on school lab at a German university in 1999 as a nucleus of out-of-school teaching activities in the STEM disciplines.