Sophia Haussener

MED 0 2926 (Bâtiment MED)
Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne

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Administrative data

Fields of expertise

Thermal sciences, fluid dynamics and thermo/electro/photochemistry in complex multi‐phase media, on multiple scales, for design of efficient energy conversion and storage processes, reactor and device engineering and system optimization


Infoscience publications

Teaching & PhD


Mechanical Engineering

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Energy


Thermodynamics and energetics I

The course introduces the basic concepts of thermodynamics and heat transfer, and thermodynamic properties of matter and their calculation. The students will master the concepts of heat, mass, and momentum conservation, and apply these concepts to thermodynamic cylces and energy conversion systems.

Renewable energy (for ME)

The students assess and compare all renewable energy resources, their real potentials, their limitations and their best applications (energy services). Solar thermal, solar electric, wood, bioliquids, biogas, hydropower incl. tidal and wave power, wind, geothermal incl. heat pumps and buildings.

Advanced heat transfer

The course will deepen the fundamentals of heat transfer. Particular focus will be put on radiative and convective heat transfer, and computational approaches to solve complex, coupled heat transfer problems.

Solar energy conversion

The course will provide fundamentals and technological details of solar energy conversion devices and systems, including 1) solar fuels by photoelectrochemistry, photocatalysis, and solar thermochemistry, 2) solar electricity by PV and concentrated solar power, and 3) solar heat by solar collectors.