Irving Wender (1915- ) is an American chemical engineer noted for his pioneering improvements in the chemistry of coal combustion. He was a leader in the conversion of coal to liquids and chemicals by indirect liquefaction (via gasification of coal to synthesize gas) and by novel methods of direct coal liquefaction, including the co-processing of coal and heavy oils. He discovered the first transition metal-acetylene complex that improved the efficiency of coal conversion, and he synthesized a number of others that helped lead to the explosive growth of the field of organometallic chemistry. He also was the director of the Office of Advanced Research and Technology Development, Special Executive Service, and Fossil Energy in Washington, D.C. (1980).
Irving Wender (University of Pittsburgh)