Turbomachines are the most widely used machines in energy transfer and conversion. 

Dr. Norbert Müller


National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Dr. Norbert Müller of Michigan State University

Address:  2455 Engineering Building
                   East Lansing, MI 48824-1226, USA
Phone:  (517) 432-9139
Fax:  (517) 353-1750
Email:  mueller@egr.msu.edu

Research Interests:

  • Turbomachinery, Centrifugal Compressors
  • Wave Rotors
  • Refrigeration and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) with Natural Refrigerants
  • Micro-Fabricated Energy Systems such as Brayton and Rankine Cycle Devices, Heat Exchangers and Fuel Cells with integrated Nano Sensors
  • Highly Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Energy Conversion Systems, Including the Use of Solar, Wind, Tidal, Geothermal Energy and Clean Fuels
  • High-Speed Drives and Bearings
  • Mechatronics


Additional Information:

Norbert Müller is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University and chair of the ASME PID Compressor Committee. He has been the faculty advisor of the MSU SAE chapter with Formula Team and Baja Team and the faculty advisor of the Solar Car Team. He has received his Ph.D. from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany in 1999.

His teaching interests are in the thermal-fluid science and engineering, such as gas and fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, turbomachinery, energy systems, refrigeration and HVAC and design.

His research focuses on Turbomachinery, Wave Rotors, Centrifugal Compressors, Refrigeration Systems Using Water as Refrigerant, Micro-Fabricated Energy Systems such as Brayton and Rankine cycle devices and heat exchangers. From 1993 to 1999 he worked for the industrial research center Institut für Luft- und Kältetechnik (ILK) Dresden gGmbH, the largest refrigeration & HVAC research center of its kind in Germany. There he developed a strong background in industrial research. He has also worked in Aerospace at MTU Aero Engines in Munich, Germany's leading engine manufacturer, and at Bath University in Great Britain. Just prior to joining Michigan State University, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Turbomachinery and a Research Scientist at Columbia University in New York, working on Micro-Energy Systems.

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