Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces

Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces

The profile area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces (TFI) consolidates numerous research activities at the TU Darmstadt in the fields of fluid dynamics, combustion, and heat and mass transfer.

In particular, it attempts to promote fundamental and contractual research involving more than one institute. This is accomplished on the one hand by making known internally and to external partners the potential and capabilities available at the TU Darmstadt; on the other hand the TFI assists with necessary internal organisational and contractual measures to realise such projects.

Global scientific objectives:

  • Understanding transport phenomena (mass, momentum,energy and species)
  • Modelling and predicting transport processes
  • Controlling transport processes
  • Optimising the influencing parameters to increase efficiency of processes and machines
  • Designing and realising technical demonstrators
  • Transferring knowledge, methods and techniques into industrial applications

Cooperation and exchange with industrial partners

Further to a strong program of fundamental research, the members of TFI maintain extensive contact with industrial partners and carry out application-orientated research projects.


  • 2018/11/29

    Electroosmotic Flow in Nanochannels

    Award for Master's Thesis

    Sebastian Dehe (Institute for Nano- and Microfluidics) has been awarded the “Heinrich und Margarete Liebig-Preis” for his master's thesis.

  • 2018/11/26

    Research for stable near-wall flows

    CRC/Transregio 150 awarded another four-year funding period

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the extension of the transregional collaborative research center 150 “Turbulent chemically reactive multiphase flows near walls”.

  • 2018/11/23

    Controlling the trajectories of nano or micro particles using light-actuated Marangoni flow

    Marangoni Tweezers, Nano- and Microfluidics

    New publication in Nano Letters

    Researchers at the Institute of Nano- and Microfluidics and colleagues from the National Institute of Technology Calicut and Tsinghua University have developed a method enabling the trapping and manipulation of nano- and microparticles based on interfacial flows controlled by visible light.

  • 2018/11/01

    Symposium on energy-efficient district development

    19 February 2019, Technische Universität Darmstadt

    The team of the project EnEff:Stadt Campus Lichtwiese will organize a symposium on energy-efficient district development to be held 19 February 2019.