Casting processes of aluminum and especially DC casting processes exist since less than one century. Although this area has a short history the findings in science of casting and the related solidification process of aluminum are key assets for the development of the Al industry and its related fast growth.
In his now 35 years lasting industrially based research work Prof. Wolfgang Schneider always focused on the link between sound theoretical understanding and industrial application of scientific findings. This led to various significant contributions to our industry, which is also documented by a number of patents he holds. His development activities span from filtration processes, grain refinement and modification to shape and DC casting processes itself. He published more than 150 papers and received numerous awards for his work such as Light Metals Award in 1990 and 1995 or the Madhu Nilmani Award in 2001.
Besides his research work he was Professor for Metallurgy at the Technical University of Berlin and gave lectures at RWTH in Aachen. He was also active in related professional networks such as Verein Deutscher Gießereifachleute VDG, Germany, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde DGM, Germany, and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society TMS, U.S.A, where he was the first European President in 2012.