* Open Positions *
AOT-TP is currently looking for research assistants with perspective for a doctorate in the following fields:

  • Moderating effects of alcohols on the interfacial tension of multi-phase systems consisting of carbon dioxide and organic solvents (pdf-download in English or German for more details)
  • Accurate determination of viscosity and interfacial tension by surface light scattering for non-transparent fluids (pdf-download for more details)
  • Effective thermal conductivity of dispersions with a continuous liquid phase (pdf-download in English or German for more details)
  • Characterization of working fluids relevant for hydrogen storage and transport by optical metrology (pdf-download in English or German for more details)


* Note for students *
We offer many different Master and Bachelor theses. Example topics are given on the open theses page.



The Institute of Advanced Optical Technologies – Thermophysical Properties (AOT−TP) headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Paul Fröba has been established in 2015 as an independent unit within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) and is located at the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The institute and its staff members focus on the development and application of various conventional and optical methods for the accurate determination of thermophysical properties of fluids of interest for chemical and energy engineering. Besides the experimental approach, the expertise of the institute also includes the theoretical calculation of thermophysical properties based on molecular dynamics (MD) simulations as well as the development of prediction schemes for engineering practice. Furthermore, activities related to heat transfer with particular focus on phase change are in the scope of the institute.