Barbara Elvers, Editor-in-Chief of the Ullmann's Encyclopedia, talks about her involvement with the Ullmann's at the ECCE/ECAB 2011 meeting in Berlin, Germany. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is the state-of-the-art reference work detailing the science and technology in all areas of industrial chemistry. It was originally published in German by Fritz Ullmann in 1914 and in English for the first time in 1985. It has recently been published in its seventh edition.
Barbara Elvers studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she received her Ph.D. in carbohydrate chemistry. After working in a research project in biochemistry at the university hospital in Hamburg she moved to the USA in 1980 where she was employed as a visiting scientist at SRI, Palo Alto, in the life science department. She started working for Verlag Chemie (VCH), Weinheim in 1985, first as a freelance translator of textbooks in chemistry, and from 1987 onwards as an editor of Ullmann's Encyclopedia. One of the main subjects of her editorial work was the acquisition of authors and articles in the field of energy generation and fuels.
Dr. Elvers has been living in Hamburg since 1996, working as an editor for Ullmann's and other reference works and for the Wiley-VCH journal Starch/Stärke.