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Chair for Thermodynamics Prof. Dr. Burak Atakan

Contact and Adress

Contact Data:

Room MB 463
Telephone: +49(0)203 37-93355
Telefax: +49(0)203 37-91594
E-Mail: burak.atakan@uni-due.de


Universität Duisburg-Essen
Lotharstraße 1
47057 Duisburg

Curriculum vitae


Date of birth (Ankara/ Turkey)

1983 - 1988

Studied chemistry in Heidelberg


Diploma in Chemistry

Diploma work in Physical Chemistry (group: Prof. J. Wolfrum)

1988 - 1992

PhD-Work, University of Heidelberg (group: Prof. J. Wolfrum)
Topic: Laserspectroscopic investigations of radical reactions in the H-C-N-O system
Method: Laserphotolysis-laser induced fluorescence

1993 - 1995

Scientist at DLR, Stuttgart (German aerospace center)
Institute: Physical chemistry of combustion (Prof. Just, Dr. Stricker)
Topic: Laser diagnostic for high-pressure combustion and two-phase combustion

1995 - 2000

Scientific Assistant at the University of Bielefeld
Institute: Physical Chemistry 1 (Frau Prof. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus)


Habilitation in Physical Chemistry (University of Bielefeld)
Topic: Mechanistic studies in high-temperature systems: flames, diamond-CVD and galliumnitride

since 2002

Full Professor (Chair) of Thermodynamics
at the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg
(now: Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Department of engineering (Section: Mechanical and Process Engineering, Institute for Energy and Materials Processess)



Benningsen-Foerder-Preis of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen


Fellow oft the Combustion Institute



  • Managing Guest Editor (2022/23) für Applications in Energy and Combustion Science


for Organizations

  • DFG
    • 04/2024 - 2026: Member of the Senate Committee on Research Training Groups and academic and scientific member of the DFG Grants Committee on Research Training Groups
    • 2016 - 24 (Speaker 2020 - 24): Elected member of the Review board for Engineering Thermodynamics (404-02)
  • DAAD
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)
  • GIF (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development)
  • Georgia National Science Foundation
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS (Belgien)


  • Energy
  • Applied Energy
  • Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Combustion and Flame
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • International Journal of Thermofluids
  • J. of Physical Chemistry
  • PCCP
  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Review of Scientific Instruments
  • Surface Coatings and Technology
  • Measurement Science and Technology
  • Experiments in Fluids
  • Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics


Proceedings/ Conferences

  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Euro-CVD Conference
  • ECOS Conference

Academic Self-Administration


Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Engineering of the Universität Duisburg-Essen


Member of the Senate of the Universität Duisburg-Essen (Chair 2014-2016)