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Head of Department 3.3

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ravi Xavier Fernandes

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ravi Xavier Fernandes
Director and Professor

born 6. August 1975 in Goa (India)


Head of Department 3.3 "Physical Chemistry"

Education and Professional Experience

1995 - 1998   Master of Science in Physical Chemistry, Goa University, India
2000 - 2003PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physical Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe now KIT (Supervisor: Prof. Horst Hippler)
2004 - 2007Postdoctoral Researcher at Max-Planck Institute in Göttingen and University of Göttingen (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Troe und Prof. Dr. Klaus Luther)
2007 - 2009Postdoctoral Appointee at the Combustion Research Facility (CRF), Sandia National Laboratories, California, USA (Supervisor: Dr. Craig Taatjes)
2009 - 2013Professor (W1), "Physico Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion" Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
since 2013Head of Department "Physical Chemistry" Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
2014 - 2016Head of Working Group "Reactive Flows" Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
since 2014Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig
since 2019Director and Professor (B2) Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
since 2021Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India

Recognitions, Awards and Memberships

  • Visiting Professor at IIT-Madras, India (2016)
  • JSPS Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo (Nov. 2012- Nov. 2013)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Princeton, USA (2011)
  • Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (2011)
  • Visiting Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories, USA (2010)
  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Award (2016)
  • Distinguished Paper on Reaction Kinetics at the 32nd International Combustion Symposium (2009)
  • Chairman of the Technical Committee TC 20 „Measurement of Energy and Related Quantities“ of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)  
  • Member of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG)
  • Member of the German, Indian und Portuguese Section of the Combustion Institute
  • Member of the International Energy Agency - Technology Network on Combustion Chemistry
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the SDEWES Conference on "Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems" Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Reviewer Activities for Research Proposals and Journals

  • Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation
  • L'Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR)
  • STW (The Netherlands)
  • FWO (Belgium)
  • Progress in Energy and Combustion Science
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Chemical Physics Letters
  • Fuel
  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • International Journal of Chemical Kinetics
  • Combustion and Flame
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
  • Shock Waves
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Flow Turbulence and Combustion
  • Thermochimica Acta