Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Stephan


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Peter-Grünberg-Str. 10
64287 Darmstadt

University Education
1983–1988 Study of Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), Technische Universität München
1989–1992 Dissertation (Dr.-Ing.), Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy, in collaboration with Dept. Energy Technology, Universität Stuttgart
Professional Experience
1989–1992 Research Assistant and Marie-Curie-Fellow, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
1992–1997 Development Engineer, Project Manager (1994) and Team Leader (1996) at Daimler-Benz
since 1997 Full Professor (C4/W3), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Director of the Institute for Technical Thermodynamics, TU Darmstadt
2007–2014 Speaker Cluster of Excellence 259: Smart Interfaces – Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries
2010–2015 Speaker Research Cluster “Thermofluidics and Combustion Engineering”
2015–2020 Speaker Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces
since 2016 Speaker Collaborative Research Centre 1194 Interaction between Transport and Wetting Processes
2021 Speaker Research Field Energy and Environment
2021-2022 Vice President for Research & Early Careers at TU Darmstadt
Activities in Professional Organizations (selection)
since 1998 VDI-GVC working group Heat and Mass Transfer (2006-2018 chairman)
since 2002 Int. Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (Scientific Committee, 2006-2018 Exectuive Committee, since 2019 Vice President)
since 2007 Editor-in-Chief VDI Heat Atlas (Springer)
since 2004 Editorial Board Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Springer
since 2005 Editorial Board Journal of Exp. Heat Transfer, Taylor & Francis
since 2009 Editorial Board Journal of Exp. Thermal and Fluid Science, Elsevier
since 2010 Editorial Board Journal of heat Pipe Science and Technology, Begell
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Thermodynamics is an important basic science for many areas of mechanical engineering. It describes the transport and conversion of different forms of energy and the associated material properties.

In terms of teaching , we convey these basics against the background of technical applications in the fields of energy and power plant engineering, environmental technology, process engineering, heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration technology, aerospace engineering, combustion technology and production engineering. In addition, we teach the basics of heat and mass transfer and offer further in-depth courses in this area.

In research , we focus on basic and applied investigations on energy conversion and heat and mass transfer processes. For the scientific analysis theoretical models, numerical simulation, and experimental methods are developed and applied. The research topics and projects are assigned to three working groups:

(1) Interfacial Transport and Complex Wetting,

(2) Boiling and Evaporation,

(3) Thermal System Analysis.

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