Renewable Energy Systems Engineering


Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Richard Hanke-Rauschenbach

New affiliation:

University of Hannover
Electric Energy Storage Systems

Tel.:  +49 (0)511 762-14401
Fax:  +49 (0)511 762-14403
Email:  hanke-rauschenbach@ifes.


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Brief Biography

1978 February 10th born in Leipzig [LINK]
1997-2001 Studies of Energy Engineering, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences [LINK],
Diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing. (FH)) in Energy Engineering
1999-2001 Scholarship German National Academic Foundation [LINK]
(Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
2001-2007 Research assistant and Ph.D. student, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg (Prof. K. Sundmacher [LINK])
2007 Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) in Process Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg [LINK], Thesis title: "Strukturierte Modellierung und nichtlineare Analyse von PEM-Brennstoffzellen" [LINK]
2007-2014 Senior scientist (Habilitand) and team leader, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
2009 Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society [LINK]
Sep. 2014 From September on I will have a new affiliation with Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz Universität Hannover, where I have accepted a position as a Full Professor for Electrical Energy Storage Systems [LINK]


2009-2010 Elected member of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society (Chemistry, Physics and Technology Section) [LINK]
2012-2014 Appointed member of the advisory board of the Network of Democracy and Tolerance in Saxony-Anhalt [LINK]
2013 New Year's reception of the German Federal President Joachim Gauck [LINK]


General scope: Analysis, Design and Operation of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Low-temperature fuel cells and fuel cell systems
  • High-pressure water electrolysis for Power-to-gas applications
  • Electrochemical storage systems for grid scale energy storage
  • Batteries
  • Biogas production by means of anaerobic digestion
  • Gas processing for low-temperature fuel cells by means of
    electrochemical preferential oxidation (ECPrOx)
  • IGGC power plants, Cryogenic air separation (2001-2004)
  • Modelling, numerical simulation and optimization
  • Experimental characterization and validation by means of mini-plant technique
  • Systems theory and nonlinear analysis
  • Method development: Network theory for the structured modelling of electrochemical systems (2001-2007) [MORE]
Research Team
  • Boris Bensmann [LINK] (since 2008)
    "High-pressure hydrogen generation with solid polymer electrolysers"
  • Astrid Bensmann (née Bornhöft) (since 2009)
    "Monitoring, analysis and control of anaerobic digesters for biogas production"
  • Ivonne Karina Peña Arias (since 2012)
    "Investigation and technical utilisation of spatio-temporal patterns during the electrochemical preferential oxidation of CO from H2/CO-mixtures"
  • Antonio Sorrentino (since 2013)
    "Transient behavior of fuel cells"

Team-BBQ, Summer 2011: Boris, Sebastian, Richard, André, Thomas, Astrid, Guangji (from left)
Alumni/Former PhD Students
  • Dr. Sebastian Kirsch (left in 2013), now: Volkswagen AG, Isenbüttel/Germany
  • André Sommer (left in 2012), now: GETEC AG, Magdeburg/Germany
  • Dr. Thomas Kadyk (left in 2011), now: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver/Canada
  • Dr. Guangji Ji (left in 2011), now: Bosch China, Shanghai/China
  • Roberto Lemoine (left in 2010), now: TU Dortmund, Dortmund/Germany
Postdocs and Visiting Scientists
  • Dr. Pejman Kazempoor (2011-2012), now: Colorado School of Mines, Golden (Colorado)/USA
  • Dr. Konrad Eichhorn Colombo (2010), now: General Electric, Munich/Germany


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Recent papers
  • B. Bensmann, R. Hanke-Rauschenbach, I.K. Pena Arias, and K. Sundmacher. Energetic evaluation of high pressure PEM electrolyzer systems for intermediate storage of renewable energies. Electrochimica Acta 110, 570-580, 2013. In press. [DOI]
  • A. Bensmann, R. Hanke-Rauschenbach, and K. Sundmacher. Reactor configurations for biogas plants - A model based analysis. Chemical Engineering Science 104, 413-426, 2013. In press. [DOI]
  • S. Kirsch, R. Hanke-Rauschenbach, B. Stein, R. Kraume, and K. Sundmacher. The electro-oxidation of H2, CO in a model PEM fuel cell: Oscillations, chaos, pulses. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 160, F436-F446, 2013. [DOI]

Teaching Activities at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

  • Fuel cell technology (2007-2014), Adjunct lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) [MORE]
  • Process Systems Engineering (2009-2012), Adjunct lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter)
  • Process Dynamics (2012-2014), Adjunct lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) [MORE]
  • Process Optimization (2012-2014), Adjunct lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) [MORE]

For students: Open Bachelor/Master theses, Hiwi-jobs

... sorry, currently no vacancies.
You want to ask a previous student what it is like to work with me?
Please let me know, I can make a contact.
People who have worked with me/within my team during their studies:
Patrick Engemann (2003); Beate Seliger (2004, now: Tesa AG, Hamburg); Dr. Timm Faulwasser (2006, now: EPFL Lausanne/Switzerland); Dr. Christian Oettel (2007, now: GAZ Geräte- und Akkumulatorenwerk Zwickau GmbH); Julian Krüger (2007, now: SMA Solar Technology AG, Kassel); Alexander Reinhold (2007, now: TU Munich); Dave Andre (2007); Boris Bensmann (2006-2008, now: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Piyush Tiwari (2007); Ansgar Bohmann (2006-2007, now: University of Heidelberg); Rene Schneider (2007, now: RWTH Aachen); Christine Weinzierl (2007-2008, now: Max Planck Institute Magdeburg); Astrid Bornhöft (2008, 2009, now: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Daniel Schröder (2008-2009, now: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Christian Kunde (2008-2009, now: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Hairong Chen (2009, now: Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, Shanghai/China); Rene Kelling (2009, now: University of Stuttgart); Stefan Bellingkrodt (2009-2010); Daniel Nofz (2009-2010); Ali El-Sibai (2009-2011, now: Max Planck Institute Magdeburg); Carsten Keichel (2010, now: Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, Magdeburg); Victor González (2010, now RWTH Aachen); Andreas Jörke (2010, now: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Madleen Sklenar (2010); Sascha Reinhold (2010); Sebastian Till (2010); Jorge Mario Correa Henao (2010); Nate Goodwin (2010); Hannes Scholz (2011, now: Volkswagen AG, Isenbüttel); Jichen Liu (2011); Nahid Bahmani (2011); Stefan Bellingkrodt (2011-2012, now: Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart); María Carolina Chavarro Gómez (2011-2012); Ivonne Karina Peña Arias (2011-2012, now: Max Planck Institute Magdeburg); Yvonne Schlingmann (2011-2012, now: Outotec); Sascha Pelka (2011-2012, now: INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe); Ming Wang (2012); Mario Oweisi (2012-2013); Andreas Himmel (2012); Zhangbao Wang (2012); Eric Görs (2012-2013); Nicolai Wiebe (2013-2014); Alexander Bieß (2013-2014); Christian Gollmer (2013-2014); Sven Reichstein (2013-2014); Franz Höhne (2014)


  • International Max Planck Research School for Analysis, Design and
    Optimization in Chemical and Biochemical Process Engineering Magdeburg [LINK]
  • Process Modeling Tool (ProMoT) [LINK]
  • Simulation environment Diana (Dynamic simulation and numerical analysis tool) [LINK]
  • European Commission, Energy Research [LINK]
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCJ-JU) [LINK]
  • Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie (NOW) [LINK]
  • Scholarpedia, the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia
    written by scholars from all around the world [LINK]
  • Bloggen in der Wissenschaft – [LINK]
  • Piled Higher and Deeper – Ph.D. comics [LINK]
  • XING – Global networking for professionals [LINK], [MY_PROFILE]
  • Fête de la Musique – World music day in Magdeburg [LINK]
  • selfHTML [LINK]
  • Otto greift ein [LINK]

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