Prof. Dr. Ralf Peters

Prof. Dr. Ralf Peters

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Peters is acting director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-14). He is professor at the Ruhr University Bochum, teaching process engineering for synthetic fuels. He studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University from 1985 to 1990, majoring in process engineering.

In 1995, he received his PhD from the Institute of Fluid and Thermodynamics at the University of Siegen with the topic "Vapor-liquid phase equilibria in the ammonia-water-lithium bromide material system." The experimental work led to several patents on working fluid mixtures for absorption chillers based on the three-substance mixture ammonia-water-sodium hydroxide.

In 1996, Prof. Peters began his scientific work at IEK-3 on methanol steam reforming for fuel cell propulsion systems. Since 1998 he has been head of the Fuel Gas Generation and Systems Department. Research and development work on middle distillate reforming started in 1991. Over the years, the focus shifted from propulsion technology to auxiliary power units (APU) and from APUs for passenger cars to APUs for aircraft and trucks. Due to the high sulfur content in kerosene, the topic of desulfurization was added to the research portfolio. In the course of the storage technologies to be developed for the expansion of renewable energies in the context of the energy transition, the generation of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (power-to-fuel) has become the subject of extensive theoretical and experimental work.

Since 2001, Prof. Peters has been teaching in the English-language master's program "Energy Systems" at Aachen University of Applied Sciences. From 2003 to 2005, Prof. Peters lectured on fuel cell technology at the Ruhr University in Bochum. In 2006, he was appointed professor at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Department of Energy Technology. Prof. Peters supervised more than 60 student theses.

Prof. Peters and his research group published more than 58 refereed publications, four books, 16 contributions to textbooks and more than 75 conference contributions to relevant meetings.

Adress & Contact

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52428 Jülich

Phone: +49 2461 61-4260
Fax: +49 2461 61-8163

Last Modified: 29.01.2024