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Prof. Detlev Stöver

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Director of Institute for enrgy research (IEF), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH,
Chair Materials Synthesis and Processing, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum

Curriculum Vitae

1962-1967 Diploma, RWTH Aachen and Studies at University of Hamburg
1968-1972 Dr. rer. nat., RWTH Aachen, Nuclear Materials Technology/Mechanical Engineering
1968-1969 Scientific Assistant, AVR GmbH
1972-1974 Post Doc, Institut Reactor Development, KFA Jülich Fission Product Transport
1974-1991 Section Leader, Institute of Applied Materials Research
1991-1996 Acting Head, Institute for Materials and Energy Research
since 1997 Director Institute of Energy Research (IEF-1: Materials Synthesis and Processing)
since 1997 Chair, Materials Synthesis and Processing, Ruhr-University Bochum
2006-2008 Research Director Energy, FZ Jülich
Research fields
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Materials synthesis
  • Materials and components processing
  • Metals,, ceramics, cermets, biomedical implants
  • Powder Metallurgy, powder technology
  • Powder synthesis, powder conditioning, powder shaping, sintering
  • Coating methods and techniques, thermal spraying (atmospheric, low pressure, thin film, HVOF)
  • Frequent reviewer of several inter
  • Physical vapour deposition (PVD) and chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
  • Wet chemical methods (Sol Gel, Pechini, Co precipitation, powder spraying)
  • Materials and components for energy conversion system
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) developments
  • Gas Turbine Materials, thermal and environmental barrier coatings (TBC(EBC)
  • Fossil Power Plants Materials, gas separation membranes for CO2 capture and storage (CCS)
His Topic of Materials' Days 2010:

Materials and Components processing for advanced Energy Conversion Systems


Energy conversion for electricity generation is steadily improved by use of new or modified materials in combination with adjusted methods of processing.

The common goals thereby consist of efficiency enhancement, reduction of emission as well as cost reduction.

Concerning future fossil power plants new high-temperature, high pressure materials are developed e.g. new ceramic thermal barrier coatings are constructed by use of plasma spraying from (nano) suspension precursors allowing enhanced hot gas temperatures.
Looking to the upcoming carbon capture and storage uncertainty an alternative on membrane gas separation technology is being developed by constructing a graded material assembly from coarse grained substrate to nanosized top layers taking over the gas separation task, where wet chemical synthesis and deposition methods like Sol-Gel are used.

New direct conversion systems like fuel cells are intensively developed since a couple of years having the potential of high efficiencies even in small unit sizes. The solid oxide fuel cell which is a multifunctional layer device is being processed by using newly developed functional materials and a spectrum of high tech coating methods to obtain the desired dimensions with optimized microstructures and interfaces for enhanced catalytic and charge (ion) transfer.