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.


  • Research project NAMOSYN

    Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels

    Researchers from four mechanical engineering research groups at TU Darmstadt have submitted funding proposals for the research project NAMOSYN (“sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels”). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. According to the research initiative's summary, 25 industrial partners, 15 research institutions and seven associations will team up for NAMOSYN.

  • The mission continues

    TU Darmstadt and ESA conclude cooperation agreement

    TU Darmstadt and the European Space Agency (ESA) will in future be cooperating even more closely. TU President Professor Hans Jürgen Prömel and ESA General Director Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner have signed a corresponding “Memorandum of Collaboration”.

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  • Keine Ehrung mehr im öffentlichen Raum

    Luftbild Campus Lichtwiese Bild: Nikolaus Heiss

    Neue Erkenntnisse zur NS-Zeit: Alarich-Weiss-Straße und Georgii-Platz werden umbenannt

    Die Technische Universität Darmstadt ist bestürzt angesichts neuer Erkenntnisse der Geschichtsforschung, die ein neues Licht auf den Chemiker Alarich Weiss werfen und den Wissenschaftler Walter Georgii klar bewerten: Während Weiss seine Biografie in der Nachkriegszeit verschleierte, war Georgii in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus eng in die kriegsvorbereitende Rüstungsforschung eingebunden. Die TU Darmstadt wird aus den jüngsten Rechercheergebnissen der Historiker unmittelbar Konsequenzen ziehen.

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  • Sharing research results with society

    A nanofluid is an example for a complex fluid. Image: Sebastian Keuth

    Team of ITN CoWet awarded Ralf Dahrendorf Prize 2019

    The team of the ITN CoWet have been awarded the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area. With this new prize the Federal Ministry of Education and Research honours excellent projects funded within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The prize money of up to 50,000 euros is designated for science communication projects.

  • Functional surfaces with special wettability: Design and applications

    Talk by Pavel Levkin (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

    On June 28, 2019, Dr. Pavel Levkin who heads the Biofunctional Materials research group at KIT will give an overview of the work on porous polymers with controlled surface topography and wettability and will present the group's developments in the field of bioinspired surfaces and materials possessing special wettabilities.

  • International Workshop on Clean Combustion: Principles and Applications 2019

    Image: TRR 150

    September 25-26, 2019 in Darmstadt

    Focusing on bridging the gap between combustion principles and applications, the workshop aims at bringing together leading and worldwide recognized researchers to give talks and present posters at the cutting edge of combustion science and technology, to foster research, exchange and collaboration.