Board

Members

Prof. Dr. Philipp Rudolf von Rohr, Head SCCER EIP, ETHZ

Philipp Rudolf von Rohr is professor for process engineering at ETH Zurich since 1992. He has extensive experience as leader in different fields, for example as head of a chemical plant producer (1989-1992), department head of D-MAVT (1999-2001), research council at SNF since 2010 and expert at CTI since 2008. Already during his PhD he started with energy efficiency investigations by optimizing a cooling cycle in industry. His research is focused on transport phenomena of heat and mass transfer. Main achievements are continuous and energy efficient processing in different fields of application. Currently, new process routes are investigated for carbon dioxide hydrogenation and for wood pre-treatment to valorise the production of monomers and biofuel.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bertsch, NTB

Stefan Bertsch completed his degrees (M.Sc., Ph.D.) in Switzerland and the USA in the field of systems and mechanical engineering. Since August 2008 he works as a lecturer for thermodynamics and refrigeration at the Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs NTB. Since 2009 he is heading the Institute for Energy Systems. The institute is active in the field of thermal and electrical energy systems with a focus on sustainable and renewable energies. Stefan Bertsch’ research interests are mainly in the field of heat pumps and their components. Electronics cooling and two-phase flows complement his repertoire in research. Lately, he also takes care of the integration and combination of environmentally friendly heating systems and the system “house”.

Dr. Armin Eberle, Energie-Agentur der Wirtschaft

Since 2009 Armin Eberle is managing director of the Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency (EnAW) and in that function responsible for the implementation of the Swiss CO2 bill in the economic sector. Guiding more than 3’000 companies towards energy management and reduction of energy consumption the EnAW plays an important role in CO2-abatement in Switzerland. Before he was responsible in a Swiss energy utility for the development of renewable energies and between 1998 and 2003 he was head of sustainability at Migros. After his studies he worked as a consultant in the fields of infrastructure, environment and economics. Armin holds a M.A. HSG in economics (University of St. Gallen) and a MSc ETH in Civil Engineering (Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). He wrote his PhD thesis on “least-cost principle (Minimalkostenprinzip) in public infrastructure”, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther, ETHZ

Detlef Günther was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of ETH Zurich in 1998 and became associate Professor in July 2003. Since February 2008 he is full Professor for Trace Element and Micro Analysis and since January 2015 Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations of ETH Zurich. His research interests are trace element characterizations of different samples using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry and Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. He studied transport-processes of Laser-induced aerosols and the improvement of detection capabilities of ICP-Mass spectrometers for the determination of trace elements in liquid and solid samples. In the last years he worked mainly on new sample introduction systems for nanoparticles and laser-generated aerosols and on fundamental vaporization processes of particles within an ICP.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Häberle

Prof. Dr. Andreas Häberle, HSR

Andreas Häberle is director of the Institute for Solar Technology SPF at the University of Applied Sciences HSR in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Dr. Häberle is a physicist from the Technical University of Munich and earned his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany in the field of concentrating solar thermal collectors. In 1999 he co-founded the company PSE AG that offers various technologies and services for the solar sector. The institute SPF has been a driving force in research and development of innovative energy technologies for more than 30 years, with focal areas in energy efficiency and renewable energies in general, as well as solar thermal and solar electrical energy in particular.

Prof. Dr. François Maréchal, EPFL

After a graduation in chemical engineering from the University of Liège, François Maréchal obtained a PhD from the University of Liège in the LASSC laboratory of Prof. Kalitventzeff. This laboratory was one of the pioneering laboratories in the field of Computer Aided Process Engineering. Since 2001 he is working in the Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory (LENI) of EPFL where he is leading the R&D activities in the field of Computer Aided Analysis and Design of Industrial Energy Systems with a major focus on sustainable energy conversion system development using thermo-economic optimisation methodologies. His present R&D work concerns the application of multi-objective optimisation strategies in the design of processes and integrated energy conversion systems.

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth, Eawag

Eberhard Morgenroth holds an MS (University of California 1994), Dipl.-Ing. (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg 1995), and PhD (Technical University of Munich 1998), all in civil and environmental engineering. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000 to 2009). Since 2009 he is a Professor for Process Engineering in Urban Water Management with appointments at ETH Zürich and at Eawag. At Eawag he is head of the process engineering department. His research interests include wastewater treatment, membrane bioreactors for water reuse, control of biofilms, biofilm reactors, biological drinking water treatment, decentralized wastewater treatment, and energy recovery from wastewater and organic residuals. He is an editor for Water Research and for Water Science & Technology.

Prof. Dr. Martin Patel, UNIGE

Dr. Martin K. Patel is full professor at the University of Geneva where he holds the Chair for Energy Efficiency since September 2013. He also has an adjunct professor position at Michigan State University (MSU), USA. His research deals with energy savings and emission reduction in industry, the built environment and at the interface between energy supply and energy demand. This includes the environmental and the economic assessment of technologies, processes, products and services as well as the evaluation of policy programmes. Next to energy efficiency, bio-based products represent a particular focal area of his work. The research methods applied include techno-economic modelling (simulation), Life Cycle Assessment, economic assessment (micro & macro) and policy analysis.

Prof. Dr. Greet Van Eetvelde, INEOS Europe AG

Greet Van Eetvelde started a university career in 1991 as a research scientist at the Ghent University laboratory of Wood Technology and was granted a British Council fellowship in 1994 for post-graduate environmental research in wood preservation at the Building Research Establishment in Garston Watford, UK. As an academic assistant, she completed her PhD research on the environmental and chemical appraisal of wood preservation in 1998. Appointed part-time professor in 2000, she is head of the transition management research unit within the UGent Center for Mobility and Spatial Planning. In the second professional part-time, Greet Van Eetvelde subsequently headed the UGent corporate environmental department and the Ghent University Association research staff. From 2007 till 2011 she was CEO of Greenbridge nv and director of the UGent energy platform Power-Link. Since October 2011 Greet Van Eetvelde is employed as manager cleantech initiatives at INEOS Europe AG in Switzerland. In view of her academic background she i.a. embodies the R&D liaison with EPFL, coordinating the industrial research projects and managing the INEOS R&I landscape. Since March 2015 Greet Van Eetvelde is appointed as invited professor at the EPFL in the frame of the SCCER EIP.

Prof. Dr. Beat Wellig, HSLU

Beat Wellig studied chemical engineering at the University of Lucerne and mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He earned his doctorate at the Institute of Process Engineering at ETH Zurich in the field of high-pressure process technology. Afterwards he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Heat Transfer at the ETH Zurich. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as project manager and technical specialist in the fields of environment, energy and building technology at Ernst Basler + Partner AG. Since 2006 Beat Wellig is professor of thermodynamics, process engineering and environmental engineering at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Engineering and Architecture. He also directs the CC Thermal Energy Systems and Process Engineering. The focuses of his research work are thermal separation processes and environmental engineering, process integration and Pinch analysis, and heat pumps and cooling systems.

Prof. Matthias Sulzer, Head SCCER FEEB&D, Empa

Matthias Sulzer studied building engineering at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and completed his master’s degree at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney in 1999. From 2003 to 2017, he was lecturer and professor for Energy and Building Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. Matthias Sulzer founded Inretis Holding AG with three partners in 2005, which today employs around 650 people in the area of energy & building technology throughout Switzerland. In early 2017, he joined Empa and took over the management of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER-FEEBD). With lectureships at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, he conveys his knowledge and research findings to students.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wintgens, FHNW

Thomas Wintgens is Professor in Environmental Technologies at the School of Life Sciences – University of Applied Science Northwestern and Arts Switzerland since September 2008. He is leading a research team working on water and wastewater treatment technologies in municipal and industrial applications as well as on management of scarce water resources. Thomas graduated as an Environmental Engineer from RWTH Aachen University after studies in Aachen, Delft, Exeter and Helsinki. He did his PhD on membrane bioreactor technology for wastewater treatment.