André Thess’s research is driven by the ambition to develop future-orientated, resource-friendly, affordable and efficient energy storage technologies. He is particularly dedicated to developing energy storage solutions that do not lose any heat or energy over time, and technologies to enable electric flight. His work covers theoretical and experimental studies and considers economical and societal impacts. André Thess has an established research background in the study of thermodynamics, for which he has won several awards as well as guest professorships in the USA, Japan and China. His contributions to the field have led to changes to university undergraduate teaching programs.
André is the Director of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. André was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in Russia, and grew up in Dresden, Germany. Following his Ph.D., which he received from the Technische Universität Dresden, he moved abroad to France and the USA before returning to Dresden to take up the position of group leader. In 1995 he was awarded his professorship in the field of theoretical physics, before being appointed Professor for theoretical thermodynamics at the Technische Universität Ilmenau at the young age of 34. He is married with two children, and in his spare time likes to cook and learn Chinese.