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Manfred Groll

Manfred Groll

Manfred Groll

University of Stuttgart


Prof. emeritus Manfred Groll has studied Mechanical Engineering at University Stuttgart and obtained his academic degrees there (Dipl.-Ing. in 1963, Dr.- Ing. in 1969, Habilitation and Venia Legendi for “Energy Systems” in 1978). Since 1970 he was head of Department of Energy Conversion & Heat Transfer of Institute of Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems (IKE), University Stuttgart. During 1975/76 he worked, as National Research Council associate, for two years at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA on the development of heat pipe technology for satellite applications. After return to IKE in late 1976, he was responsible for numerous national and international R&D projects on heat pipes and two-phase thermosyphons, including micro and pulsating heat pipes, enhanced two-phase heat transfer, micro heat transfer in pool and flow boiling, hydrogen storage, sorption heating and cooling systems employing metal hydrides and on nuclear safety (debris bed coolability). In addition, he took over teaching.

In 1985 he was appointed professor for “Energy Systems” at University Stuttgart (lecture courses on Energy Systems, Energy Storage, Heat Transformation, Nuclear Technology). After his retirement in 2004, he served for another 3 years as advisory professor. He has supervised well over 100 M.Tech. (Diploma) theses and supervised/co-supervised 40/42 doctoral dissertations and has contributed over 370 papers in the area of thermal engineering and energy technology. He performed over 40 research projects for the German Research Foundation (DFG), participated in and was responsible for numerous national and international (ESA, CEC) projects (JOULE, HCM, TMR and BRITE-EURAM / GROWTH & ENERGY projects).

He is on the editorial board of many international journals on thermal sciences. Between 1987 and 2004 he has been visiting/advisory professor at various Chinese universities (University of Shanghai for Science & Technology, Zhejiang University Hangzhou, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University of Technology, Tsinghua University Beijing). After his retirement, during the years 2008 to 2020, he has been visiting professor at the Indian Institutes of Technology Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Gandhinagar, Indore and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and of Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.

He is Founding Member of the Committee on International Heat Pipe Conferences (1973), acted as Committee Chairman from 1990 till 2004, and since 2004 he is Honorary Chairman. In 2013 he has been awarded the prestigious George Grover Medal for outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology of heat pipes.