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Prof. André Thess

Area of Research: Energy Research
Thematic Priority: Energy storage, energy conversion

Field of Work

The Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering carries out research and development work with the aim of enabling the efficient, resource-friendly saving of energy by means of next-generation energy conversion technologies. The institute’s work ranges from theoretical studies and fundamental research in the lab through to operation on pilot systems. Experimental and theoretical investigations are backed up by system analysis studies to analyze the relevant technological, ecological and economic potential as well as looking at scenarios for a broader overall energy industry context.

Examples of applications:

  • The use of fuel cells in aircraft and ground-based vehicles
  • The production and storage of hydrogen
  • Development of the energy concept DESERTEC
Antares DLR-H2: the first fuel cells-driven aircraft.

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Personal Information

Professor André Thess, born in St. Petersburg in 1964, studied physics at TU Dresden where he also obtained his doctorate with the highest honors in 1991. After periods of stay in France (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, Institut de Mécanique de Grenoble) and the USA (Princeton University), he worked as head of a research group at the Institute of Aerospace Engineering, TU Dresden. He obtained his habilitation in 1995. From 1998 to 2014, Thess was Professor of Thermodynamics and Magnetofluiddynamics a TU Ilmenau, and in 2010 he was spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group “Lorentz Force”. André Thess became a member of DFG Review Board 404 in 2008 and has been its spokesperson since 2012.

Prof. André Thess has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, USA, Nagoya University, Japan, and at Northeastern University Shenyang in China.



Prof. André Thess
University of Stuttgart
Institute of Energy Storage (IES)
Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering (ITT)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Tel.: +49 711/ 6862-358

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