AOT-TP Seminar Program for the Winter Term 2020/2021 Available
(October 26, 2020) The AOT-TP seminar program for the winter term 2020/2021 is available. It includes talks from students summarizing their theses and seminar topics as well as from doctoral candidates presenting their latest research results. In the current situation, the talks will be given online via Zoom. Interested guests who are not members of AOT-TP can register for specific talks by sending an email to Michael H. Rausch one day before the respective talk at the latest. We are looking forward to your attendance!
Successful Doctoral Thesis Defense of Ubaya A. Higgoda
(September 24, 2020) Congratulations to Ubaya A. Higgoda for passing his doctoral thesis defense successfully on September 22, 2020! His talk given via video conference from his home country, Sri Lanka, covered the topic “”Improvement of the predictive power of molecular dynamics simulations for the determination of transport properties demonstrated for selected fluid systems” and was attended, in addition to the examination committee, by his colleagues, family members and friends online. For AOT-TP, this dissertation is a special one because Ubaya A. Higgoda is the first doctoral candidate who performed his complete research contributing to his thesis at the still young institute. The photographs given below show the happy candidate celebrating with his family (with nonalcoholic drinks) after the announcement of the result as well as the doctoral hat prepared by his colleagues at AOT-TP and presented within an entertaining speech.
SAOT Student Award for Matthias S. G. Knoll
(July 16, 2020) The SAOT Student Award 2020 in the topic Optical Metrology was transferred upon Matthias S. G. Knoll within the online award ceremony held on July 16, 2020. The award acknowledges Matthias’ first authorship of the high-ranked publication “Simultaneous study of molecular and micelle diffusion in a technical microemulsion system by dynamic light scattering” in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science which is co-authored by Cédric Giraudet, Christian J. Hahn, Michael H. Rausch and Andreas P. Fröba.
Special Conditions for Courses given by AOT-TP in the Summer Term 2020
(April 08, 2020) Please note that owing to the current restrictions, also the teaching activities of AOT-TP in the summer term 2020 are affected. Most of the lectures and exercises will be given online via Zoom as long as on-site attendance is not possible due to the Corona pandemic. For attending the Zoom lectures and excercise, previous registration in the corresponding StudOn course is required. The only exception is the lab course in “Thermophysical Properties of Working Materials in Process and Energy Engineering”. It has been cancelled for the summer term 2020, but participants of the corresponding lecture can attend the lab course subsequently in the winter term 2020/2021. For obtaining updated and binding information on all courses, please visit the UnivIS system.
AOT-TP Seminar Program for the Summer Term 2020 Available
(April 08, 2020) The AOT-TP seminar program for the summer term 2020 is available. It includes talks from students summarizing their theses and seminar topics as well as from doctoral candidates presenting their latest research results. In the current situation, the talks will most likely be given online via Zoom. Interested guests who are not members of AOT-TP can register for specific talks by sending an email to Michael H. Rausch one day before the respective talk at the latest. We are looking forward to your attendance!
AOT-TP Members in New Editorial Board of the International Journal of Thermophysics
(Januar 08, 2020) AOT-TP is represented well in the reformed Editorial Board of the International Journal of Thermophysics. While Andreas P. Fröba still serves as a Senior Editor, Michael H. Rausch has been appointed an Associate Editor and Thomas M. Koller contributes in the Advisory Editorial Board.
AOT-TP Team Presenting at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2019
(October 23, 2019) On the occasion of the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2019, the team of AOT-TP explained by means of viscosity measurements based on capillary viscometry and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments why whisky lubricates the throat better than pure water or pure alcohol. During the event, we were happy to be a station for the VIP tour including the President of FAU and the Bavarian Secretary of the Interior Joachim Herrmann.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas P. Fröba Appointed to Executive Committee of IATP
(September 23, 2019) The head of AOT-TP, Andreas P. Fröba, has been voted by the current Executive to join the Executive Committee of the International Association of Transport Properties.
Best Poster Award at the Diffusion Fundamentals VIII Conference for Frances D. Lenahan
(September 05, 2019) The Second Best Poster Award within the international conference Diffusion Fundamentals VIII held in Erlangen was transferred upon Frances D. Lenahan. She presented the contribution “Improvement of a transferable force field for the prediction of self-diffusivity, viscosity, surface tension, and density of long-chained linear and branched alkanes and alcohols up to 573 K by molecular dynamics simulations” co-authored by Tobias Klein, Thomas M. Koller and Andreas P. Fröba. The participants of the conference were asked to consider the quality of the poster pitch, the personal discussion at the poster, the quality of the scientific work and the style of the poster.
ETI Grant for Dr.-Ing. Thomas M. Koller
(July 01, 2019) Thomas M. Koller has been granted support for the project “Properties of the gas-liquid interface of surface-enhanced SILP systems” from the Emerging Talents Initiative of FAU. With this initiative, FAU aims to identify and promote outstanding projects and talents at an early stage. It is designed to support excellent postdoctoral researchers by providing them with an opportunity to develop scientific independence and establish themselves in their field of research.
AOT-TP at the Internation Conference on Advanced Optical Technologies in March 2019
(March 20, 2019) The doctoral candidates of AOT-TP contributed with seven talks to the International Conference on Advanced Optical Technologies International Conference on Advanced Optical Technologies held in Erlangen from March 13 to 15, 2019. In addition, Thomas M. Koller and Cédric Giraudet chaired in total four sessions on Optical Metrology. As one of the social events within the conference, a dinner took place where also the contributing members of AOT-TP enjoyed the evening.
Open Position as Doctoral Researcher
(January 29, 2019) AOT-TP is currently looking for a committed doctoral researcher related to the topic “Interfacial Tension and Viscosity of Biphasic Liquid Systems by Experiments and Molecular Simulations”. More details are given in a short project description (download pdf-file in English or German).
AOT-TP at the Day of the Faculty of Engineering
(December 17, 2018) Cédric Giraudet and Thomas M. Koller presented some pieces of AOT-TP research on occasion of the Day of the Faculty of Engineering on November 16, 2018.
AOT-TP at Schnupper-Uni
(December 17, 2018) AOT-TP was present at the Schnupperuni on October 31, 2018 where pupils had the chance to attend their first lectures and get an idea on research at universities. For AOT-TP, Maximilian Piszko and Thomas M. Koller showed our DLS setup for the measurement of viscosity via particle scattering and tried to explain the phenomenon of viscosity to the interested pupils.
Lecture and Exercise Given by AOT-TP Members in Top Ranking auf FAU Evaluation
(October 05, 2018) The lecture “Engineering Thermodynamics II for ET and CE” given by Andreas P. Fröba (category VP5) as well as the corresponding exercises given by Tobias Klein and Maximilian Piszko (category ÜP5) are both included in the top ranking of the FAU teaching evaluation.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas P. Fröba Awarded as a High-End Foreign Talent of Shanxi Province
(September 17, 2018) Andreas P. Fröba has been awarded as a High-End Foreign Talent of Shanxi Province, China, which can also be regarded as a guest professorship at the Taiyuan University of Technology. This honor originates from an ongoing cooperation with Dr. Guanjia Zhao from Taiyuan University, who has been visiting our institute twice for several months as a guest scientist. The corresponding certificate was conferred by Mr. Luo Huining, Secretary of the CPC Shanxi Provincial Committee, during the “Symposium über Wirtschaft, Handel, akademischen Austausch und unternehmerische Aktivitäten mit der chinesischen Province Shanxi in Deutschland” (Symposium on Economy, Trade, Academic Exchange, and Entrepreneurial Activities with the Chinese Province Shanxi in Germany) in Berlin on September 5, 2018.
2018 SPIE-FAU Best Thesis Award for Maximilian Piszko
(July 04, 2018) Maximilian Piszko received the 2018 SPIE-FAU Best Thesis Award from the SPIE Student Chapter at FAU for his Master thesis entitled “Mass Diffusion Coefficients of Mixtures Related to Fuels with Biogenic Components by Dynamic Light Scattering” performed at AOT-TP. We are happy that Max continues his successful work as a doctoral candidate at AOT-TP.
AOT-TP Research Team at Symposium on Thermophysical Properties
(June 29, 2018) The research team of AOT-TP has successfully contributed to the 18th Meeting of the International Association of Transport Properties and the 20th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties held in Boulder, Colorado from June 24 to 29, 2018. In total, 12 talks have been given by AOT-TP members. Another highlight of the conference was the ceremony where the 2018 Yeram S. Touloukian Award has been conferred upon Prof. Alfred Leipertz. Some impressions from the conference are given below.
Dr.-Ing. Thomas M. Koller and Dr. Cédric Giraudet Elected as Members of IATP
(June 29, 2018) The group leaders of AOT-TP, Cédric Giraudet and Thomas M. Koller, have been elected as members of the International Association of Transport Properties on the occasion of its 18th Meeting in Boulder, CO on June 24, 2018. Together with Andreas P. Fröba and Michael H. Rausch, AOT-TP is now represented with four members within this well-recognized committee.
AOT-TP at Markttage des Wissens in Nürnberg
(June 29, 2018) After the events in Erlangen and Fürth, AOT-TP has also contributed to the “Markttag des Wissens” (Market Day of Knowledge) held on the Hauptmarkt of Nuremberg on June 9, 2018. Some impressions are given below.
AOT-TP at Markttage des Wissens in Fürth
(May 29, 2018) Following up the event in Erlangen, AOT-TP has also contributed to the “Markttag des Wissens” (Market Day of Knowledge) held on the station square in Fürth on May 26, 2018. Some impressions are given below.
AOT-TP at Markttage des Wissens in Erlangen
(May 11, 2018) AOT-TP has contributed to the first “Markttag des Wissens” (Market Day of Knowledge) on the occasion of the 275th birthday of FAU held on the market place in Erlangen on May 5, 2018. Besides giving general information on the research performed at the institute, live demonstrations on what viscosity is and how it can measured with conventional and optical methods have been offered to the interested visitors. In particular, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) experiments were employed to answer the question why whisky lubricates the throat better than pure water or pure alcolohol. AOT-TP will also be present at the further “Markttage des Wissens” on the Bahnhofsplatz of Fürth on May 26 and on the Hauptmarkt of Nürnberg on June 9. Some impressions from the event in Erlangen are given below. Further impressions also from our activities can be found in, e.g., the television contribution broadcasted by Frankenfernsehen TV and the online articles and photo galleries published on the Marktspiegel or the FAU websites.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas P. Fröba Elected as a Member of FPS
(December 18, 2017) The Interdisciplinary Center for Functional Particle Systems (FPS) of FAU has elected Andreas P. Fröba as a new member. Aim of FPS is to develop innovative methods and processes to generate, formulate, and apply particles (building blocks) with tailored size, shape, and structure as well as customized surface properties. Based on the cross-sectional topic of particles, FPS brings together chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physiscs, and medicine.
2018 Yeram S. Touloukian Award for Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Alfred Leipertz
(December 07, 2017) The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) announced that the 2018 Yeram S. Touloukian Award will be transferred upon Alfred Leipertz “for internationally recognized leadership in developing optical methods, particularly advanced dynamic light scattering, that have been adopted by laboratories worldwide as reliable tools for measuring a large variety of thermophysical properties.” He will receive the related bronze medal and a certificate during the Twentieth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, June 24-29, 2018, in Boulder, Colorado. With his support also of the activities of Andreas P. Fröba during the past two decades, Alfred Leipertz paved the way for the development of the dynamic light scattering techniques which are now a major backbone of the research activities at AOT-TP.
Award of the “Freundeskreis der Technischen Fakultät” for Dr.-Ing. Thomas M. Koller
(November 20, 2017) Thomas M. Koller was awarded with the “Promotionspreis des Freundeskreises der Technischen Fakultät” for his doctoral thesis titled “Experimental Investigation and Modeling of Thermophysical Properties of Ionic Liquids in Chemical and Energy Engineering”. He received the award consisting of a certificate and a prize money within the “Day of the School of Engineering of FAU” on November 16, 2017.
MegaWATT Award 2017 for Dr.-Ing. Thomas M. Koller
(September 27, 2017) Thomas M. Koller received the yearly MegaWATT Award of the “Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis Technische Thermodynamik e.V. (WATT)” (Scientific Working Committee Engineering Thermodynamics) for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in Germany in the field of Engineering Thermodynamics. With this award, Dr. Koller’s achievements summarized in his thesis “Experimental Investigation and Modeling of Thermophysical Properties of Ionic Liquids in Chemical and Energy Engineering” were honored. He received the award comprising a certificate and a prize money within the opening ceremony of the Thermodynamik-Kolloquium (Thermodynamics Colloquium) 2017 in Dresden.
Best Poster Award at the Diffusion Fundamentals VII Conference for AOT-TP Co-author Team
(July 7, 2017) The Best Poster Award within the international conference “Diffusion Fundamentals VII” held in Moscow, Russia, was transferred upon the AOT-TP co-author team Cédric Giraudet, Tobias Klein, Michael H. Rausch, Thomas M. Koller, and Andreas P. Fröba for the contribution titled “Mass Diffusivities of Binary Mixtures of Normal Alkanes with Dissolved Gases” (download poster) presented at the conference by Thomas M. Koller.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas P. Fröba Promoted to a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Thermophysics
(June 18, 2017) Andreas P. Fröba has been promoted to a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Thermophysics, where the Editor-in-Chief Andreas Mandelis stated that “this is a token in recognition of your excellent services to, and hard work for, our journal through the years, and the pains you always successfully undertook to keep the quality of published articles high and the time to publication minimal”.