Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schumacher

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schumacher

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schumacher
ZHAW School of Engineering
Wildbachstrasse 21
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 69 89

Persönliches Profil

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW als

Lecturer and team leader at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Engineering, Institute of Computational Physics in Winterthur, Switzerland.


Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

• Proton exchange membrane fuel cells
• Photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting (hydrogen production)
• Photovoltaics
• Multiphysics modelling and simulation

Aus- und Fortbildung

2000: Doctoral degree in Physics (Dr. rer. Nat.), University of Konstanz, Germany.

1998: Foreign exchange scholarship at the Photovoltaics Special Research Centre, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

1995-2000: Doctoral studies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany. Thesis title: Numerical simulation of silicon solar cells with novel cell structures.

1995: Final oral examination in experimental/theoretical physics and mathematics for the course of studies: Diplom Physik

1993-1994: Diploma thesis, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany. Thesis title: Characterisation of textured silicon solar cells.

1991-1995: Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Department of Physics. Areas of Study: Stochastical Mathematics, Stochastical Dynamical Systems, Solid State Physics, Statistical Physics and Theoretical Thermodynamics, Semiconductor Physics, Thermal Energy Conversion.

1989-1991: Physics studies at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main.

Beruflicher Werdegang

Since 2011: Professor ZFH, team leader

2006-2010: Senior Scientist, ZHAW, Institute of Computational Physics

2004-2005: Team leader “Fuel Cell Simulation” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg/Germany
Research topics and industry projects: development of a fuel cell system for the power supply of laptops for Gillette, development of a dynamic two-phase model of PEM fuel cells, the characterisation of membrane electrode assemblies, and the development of a fuel cell system for the power supply of an autonomous robot.
Research network coordinator: Model-based design of fuel cells and fuel cell systems.

2001-2003: Project Leader, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)
Research on portable fuel cells for the power supply of electronic devices. Modelling and simulation of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Development of diagnostic methods to monitor and analyse fuel cell stacks.
Project funding by “Fraunhofer Wirtschaftsorientierte Strategische Allianz (WISA)”, and “Forschungsallianz Brennstoffzellen Baden-Württemberg (FABZ)”.

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Monographien und Herausgeberschaften

Beiträge, peer-reviewed

Beiträge, nicht peer-reviewed