Junior Professor of Molecular Thermodynamics

Jun. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. Simon Stephan

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics
RPTU Kaiserslautern
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 44
Building 44/419
67663 Kaiserslautern
Phone.: +49(0)631 205-2311
E-Mail: simon.stephan@rptu.de

Research Focus

Simon Stephan's research focuses on Molecular Thermodynamics.

  • Prediction of thermophysical properties using molecular-based models
  • Modeling, simulation and experiments on fluid interfacial properties
  • Investigation of nanotribological systems by molecular simulation
  • Software and method development for molecular simulations based on classical force fields and for molecular-based equations of state
  • Investigation of the reproducibility of computer experiments


    Winter Term

    • Molekulare Thermodynamik I (molecular thermodynamics I)
    • Grenzflächenthermodynamik (interfacial thermodynamics)

    Summer Term

    • Thermodynamik II (thermodynamics II)
    • Molekulare Thermodynamik II (molecular thermodynamics II)
    • Computerlabor Molekulare Simulation (Molecular simulation computer lab)
    • Flexibilitätsanforderungen an moderne Energienetze (Flexibility requirements for modern energy grids)

    Office Hours

    • Please contact me by email to make an appointment.

    Publications / Presentations / Posters


    seit 07/2021Juniorprofessor for Molecular Thermodynamics, TU Kaiserslautern
    12/2023PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) on "Influence of Lubrication on Tribological Nanoscopic Contact Processes" at RPTU
    02/2021 - 06/2021Postdoc at the Chair of Thermodynamics and Thermal Separation Processesan at TU Berlin
    08/2020 - 01/2021Postdoc at the Molecular Systems Engineering Group, Imperial College London, UK 
    06/2020PhD (Dr.-Ing.) on "Vapor-Liquid Interfaces: Molecular Simulation, Density Gradient Theory, and Experiments" at TU Kaiserslautern
    01/2017 -
    Research stay in the group of Prof. Walter G. Chapman at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular
    Engineering, Rice University, Houston, USA
    02/2016 - 07/2020Researcher at the Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTD), TU Kaiserslautern
    03/2015 - 08/2015Research stay in the group of Dr. Patrick Ilg at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading, UK
    10/2009 - 12/2015

    Studies in mechanical engineering and power engineering at TU Dresden, degree: Dipl.-Ing.
    Scientific assistant at the Institute of Power Engineering at the TU Dresden and at the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz – University of Applied Sciences.