Stefan Mönch receives new junior professorship at the University of Stuttgart

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Mönch, researcher in the field of power electronics at Fraunhofer IAF, will start as a junior professor at the University of Stuttgart in December 2023 and establish the research group “Smart converters for emission-free mobility of the future” at the Institute of Electrical Energy Conversion IEW. The research work is funded by the initiative InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM).

Stefan Mönch und Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Ressel, Rektor der Universität Stuttgart, halten Urkunde in den Händen.
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On December 15, 2023, Dr.-Ing. Stefan Mönch was appointed as a junior professor by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart.

“In order to accelerate the energy transition and transformation to sustainable mobility, it is crucial to electrify as many applications as possible using renewable energies. This is already possible today. Power electronics is a key technology here, as it enables virtually lossless electrical energy conversion. That's why my research group is dedicated to working on efficient and intelligent power electronics specifically for use in zero-emission mobility,“ Junior Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Mönch summarizes his agenda.

The newly established research group is working on highly efficient electrical energy converters for mobility applications and smart converters with intelligent operating concepts that enable flexible system integration of electrical sources, storage and consumers as well as the coupling of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors. As part of the ICM's joint research platform, new approaches for mobility solutions of the future are being designed and tested.

Project and research work at Fraunhofer IAF

Stefan Mönch completed his PhD on gallium nitride-based and integrated power semiconductor circuits in 2021 and since then has been working as a scientist and project manager at Fraunhofer IAF. In addition to the junior professorship, he continues to work on the efficient electrical control of electrocaloric heat pumps in the Fraunhofer lead project ElKaWe and is coordinator of the BMWK-funded project GaN4EmoBiL on 1200 V GaN power semiconductors for electromobility and system integration through bidirectional charging. 


InnovationCampus Future Mobility

Learn more about the Junior Professorships and Junior Research Groups at ICM.  


Electrocaloric heat pumps

In the lighthouse project ElKaWe, six Fraunhofer Institutes are working on the development of electrocaloric heat pumps for heating and cooling


Batteries on wheels

In the GaN4EmoBiL project, partners from research and industry are working together to develop a cost-effective and efficient bidirectional charging technology for electric vehicles.