Basic Research


The named scientific works are funded by the following establishments:

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Wissenschaftsrat (WR)

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Selected scientific work:

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  Logo FSC
Title Fuel Science Center
Homepage FSC
Funding Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Wissenschaftsrat (WR)
Projectnumber EXC 2186
Description The increasing availability of non-fossil energy technologies opens unprecedented possibilities to re-design the interface of energy and material value chains towards a sustainable future. The fundamental research in the Cluster of Excellence “The Fuel Science Center – Adaptive Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy and Carbon Sources” (FSC) aims to integrate renewable electricity with the joint utilization of bio-based carbon feedstocks and CO2 to provide high-density liquid energy carriers (bio-hybrid fuels), which enable innovative engine concepts for highly efficient and clean combustion. FSC will generate fundamental knowledge as well as novel scientific methodologies to replace today’s fossil fuel-based static scenario by adaptive production and propulsion systems that are based on renewable energy and carbon resources under dynamic system boundaries.
Period 01/2019 – 12/2025




Optimization-Based Multiscale Control of Low-Temperature Combustion Engines

Homepage Research Unit 2401

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Projectnumber FOR 2401

The ecological and economic energy supply poses a central challenge for society. For realization of high efficiency with simultaneously low pollutant emissions, the FOR2401 investigates the promising low temperature combustion. For successful realization of the multiscale control concepts, fundamental research questions from the disciplines of chemistry, combustion science, engine technology, numerical methods, and control technology have to be addressed.

Based on this knowledge, tailored control methods shall be developed which rely on real-time optimization and allow for control on time scales that are smaller than the ones achievable with state-of-the-art concepts. The research is conducted in close collaboration between scientist of pure and applied science disciplines from the University of Bielefeld, University of Freiburg and RWTH Aachen University.

Period since 2016


Title Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility
Homepage mobilEM
Funding Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Projectnumber GRK 1856

This demanding topic is addressed by a new post graduate program "Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility" (mobilEM) at RWTH Aachen University and has started on October 1st, 2013. The program is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and explores the physical foundations of electro-chemical energy storage and its combination with novel fuel-operated range extender units. Fuel-operated range extenders allow a reasonable dimensioning of the electrical energy storage system size and its thermal conditioning. Additionally, an efficient air conditioning of the passenger compartment can be achieved.

Period 10/2013 - 09/2022