Doctoral Candidates

Participating doctoral candidates, their research topics as well as contact details are listed here.

Electrical Energy Storage

Lisa Becker
M.Sc.

Contact: lisa.becker@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-99574

Research topic: Investigation of silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion batteries

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.- Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Simon
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Alexander Gitis


Fabian Frie
M.Sc.

Contact: fabian.frie@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-99591

Research topic: Physico-chemical modelling of anodes for lithium-ion batteries                                         containing silicon

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Alexander Gitis


Simon Jakobi
M.Sc.

Contact: simon.jakobi@ac.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-99671

Research Topic: Synthesis and in situ TEM Characterization of oxide                                                         Cathode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry                                                                                  Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Ulrich Simon                                                        
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dr. Michael Noyong


Felix Schrader
Dipl.-Chem.

Contact: felix.schraderac.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-99386

Research topic: In situ studies of cathode materials for lithium batteries.

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Ulrich Simon
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr. Michael Noyong


Philipp Wunderlich
M.Sc.

Contact: philipp.wunderlich@ac.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-99386

Research topic: Chemically Modified Nanostructured Carbon Electrodes for                                              Lithium-Oxygen Batteries

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry                                                                                       Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Ulrich Simon
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dr. Michael Noyong


Power Electronics

Georges Engelmann
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: georges.engelmann@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-97151

Research topic: Noise radiation of fast-switching semiconductor devices

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker 
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Vivien Grau
M.Sc.

Contact: akhisea.rwth-aachendevivien.grauisea.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-97150

Research topic: Aging of winding insulation caused by increased voltage gradients 
                         of next generation SiC and GaN converters

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Johannes Jörg
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: joergwsa.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-93625

Research topic: Simulation of two-phase cooling systems for extremely compact 
                          power electronic modules

Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. pol. Wilko Rohlfs M. B. A.


Annegret Klein-Hessling
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: annegret.klein-hessling@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-96963

Research topic: Converters and Control for High-Speed Switched Reluctance
                          Generators

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Michael Laumen
M.Sc.

Contact: michael.laumen@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel: 0241/80-99577

Research Topic: Hochtemperaturtreiber und Sensorik für                                leiterplattenintegrierte SIC-Umrichter

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Enno Sabelberg
M. Sc.

Contact: sabelbergwsa.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-93631

Research topic: Development and optimization of a cooling system for compact 3-D                                 power electronics 

Institute of Heat and Mass Tranfer
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. pol. Wilko Rohlfs M.B.A.


Alexander Sewergin
M.Sc.

Contact: alexander.sewergin@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-99564

Research topic: Modular Bidirectional Full-Sic DC-DC Converter for                                                          Automotive Applications  

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Alexander Stippich
M.Sc.

Contact: alexander.stippich@isea.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-90100

Research Topic: Enhanced Substrate Structures for Highly Integrated
                           Vehicle Converters

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Burkhart


Range Extender Module

Marius Böhmer
M.Sc.

Contact: boehmervka.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-48161

Research topic: Simulation of Exhaust Emissions for Hybrid Vehicles
                          in Real Driving Conditions

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


Marco Davidovic
M.Sc.

Contact: m.davidovic@itv.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-93544

Research topic: Numerical investigation of emission formation and ignition                                                behavior of range extender combustion engines

Institute for Combustion Technology
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Binninger


Stefania Esposito
M.Sc.

Contact: Esposito_stvka.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80 24233

Research topic: Emission simulation for Range-Extender and Hybrid-Vehicles

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


Konrad Herold
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: heroldvka.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-48234

Research topic: Generator control for range-extenders with rolling torque                                                 compensation

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Postdoctoral supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Andert


Raik Hesse
M. Sc.

Contact: r.hesseitv.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-94643

Research topic: Experimental investigation of low temperature combustion for range                                 extenders

Institute for Combustion Technologies
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Binninger


Markus Jaeger
M.Sc.

Contact: markus.jaegeriem.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-97682

Research topic: Modelling and simulation of drive train acoustics

Institut of Electrical Machines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.h.c. Kay Hameyer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Marco Hombitzer


Jan Karthaus
M.Sc.

Contact: jan.karthausiem.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-93962

Research topic: Simulation models for condition monitoring and estimation of 
                          remaining lifetime of electrical high-speed motors

Institute of Electrical Machines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.h.c. Kay Hameyer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. David Franck


Florian König
M.Sc.

Contact: koenigime.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-98260

Research topic: The Effects of Tribological Boundary Layers on Friction and Wear
                           of Big End Bearings

Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl.-Ing., M.Sc. Gero Burghardt


Sören Tinz
M.Sc.

Contact: tinzvka.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-48104

Research topic: Modeling of fuel cell systems

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther

 


Thermal Management

Damian Backes
M.Sc.

Contact: backesika.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-25420

Research topic: Energy efficient cabin climatisation for electrified vehicles 

Institute for Automotive Engineering
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr. Ing. Bruno Gnörich


Carsten Wulff
M.Sc.

Contact: wulff@vka.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-24231

Research topic: Thermal management of electrified vehicles

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


Control and System Simulation

Verena Neisen
M.Sc.

Contact: v.neisen@irt.rwth-aachen.de
Tel.: 0241/80-28012

Research topic: Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation with a Hybrid Fuel Cell System;                                     Model Based Control of Hybrid Energy Systems

Institute of Automatic Control
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing Mathias Hakenberg


Dominik Raudszus
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: themannika.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-25685

Research topic: Communication-based driver assistance systems

Institute for Automotive Engineering                                 
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Adrian Zlocki


Dennis Ritter
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: d.ritterirt.rwth-aachende
Tel.: 0241/80-27480

Research topic: Modelbased Control of Internal Combustion Engines
                          (Airpath and Combustion Process)

Institute of Automatic Control
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Thivaharan Albin


Former Doctoral Candidates

The former doctoral candidates, their research topic and contact details may be found below.

Electrical Energy Storage

Merve Iliksu
M.Sc. Chemical Engineer

Contact: merve.iliksu@isea.rwth-aachen.de

Research topic: Design and characterization of rechargeable lithium-air batteries

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Alexander Gitis


Abhishek Khetan
M. Tech.

Contact: akhetanitv.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Thermochemistry in Electrocatalysis of Li-Air Batteries

Institute for Combustion Technology
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Binninger


Johannes Schmalstieg
Dipl.-Phys.

Contact: jscisea.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Development of a detailed cell model for lithium-air-batteries for 
                          the analysis of different cell designs with regard to performance

Institute for Power Elelctronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.rer.nat. Madeleine Ecker


Power Electronics

Garikoitz Sarriegui
M.Sc.

Contact: garikoitz.sarrieguiisea.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Highly-integrated converters with wide-bandgab semiconductors

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Hauke van Hoek


Silvano Taraborrelli
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: silvano.taraborrelliisea.rwth-aachende

Research topic: DC-CD Converters and Control for High-Speed Switched 
                          Reluctance Generators

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Hauke van Hoek


Range Extender

Rene Savelsberg
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: savelsbergvka.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Untersuchung von Range-Extender-Konzepten mit Hilfe 
                          echtzeitvernetzter Prüfstände

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Postdoctoral supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing Jakob Andert 
          


Jan Schröter
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: schroeterime.rwth-aachende

Research Topic: Evaluation of the potential and limitations of high speed electrical
                          drives and development of a design approach

Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
Postdoctoral Supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Felix Straßburger


Un-Jae Seo
M.Sc.

Contact: unjae.seoiem.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Linear generator for the operation in a range-extender topology

Institute of Electrical Machines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.h.c. Kay Hameyer
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. David Franck


Andreas Thul
Dipl.-Ing.

contact: andreas.thuliem.rwth-aachende

research topic: Efficiency optimized control of range extender generators under consideration of variable load states

Institute of Electric Machines
supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.h.c. Kay Hameyer


Thermal Management

Ernst Michael Burghold
Dipl.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirt.Ing.

Contact: burgholdwsa.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Transient Heat Transfer between Solid Bodies during Dynamic Loading

Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
Secondary Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Rik W. De Doncker
Postdoctoral Supervisor:  Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. pol. Wilko Rohlfs M. B. A.


David Hemkemeyer
Dipl.-Ing.

Contact: hemkemeyervka.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Thermal management of electrified vehicles

Institute for Combustion Engines
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Marco Günther


Control and System Simulation

Bassam Alrifaee
Dipl.-Inf.

Contact: b.alrifaeeirt.rwth-aachende

Research topic: Decentralized control for energy optimal operation of integrated 
                          energy supply modules for networked electric vehicles

Institute of Automatic Control
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
Postdoctoral supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Frank-Josef Heßeler