Joerg Petrasch


Joerg Petrasch

Associate Professor


Joerg Petrasch received his M.S. and PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He completed his PhD research on the tomography-based modeling of reactive flows in porous structures applied to solar chemical fuel production in 2007. He has worked as a numerical analyst and consulting engineer in the chemical, construction, and energy industries. In 2009 he joined the faculty of the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor. There, he helped to build a successful solar thermochemistry program. Between 2012 and 2017 he was the Illwerke-VKW Founding Professor for Energy Efficiency and Director of the Energy Research Center at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV), Austria. In this role, he was responsible for initializing, developing, and building the energy program. After a stint as an entrepreneur running his own process engineering company from 2017 to 2018, Dr. Petrasch is currently an Associate Professor at MSU. His research interests are: chemical storage of renewable energy, tomography-based numerical and experimental methods for energy applications, micro-structured functional materials for energy applications as well as demand side management, control, and short-term buffering of sustainably generated energy.

Awarded $2M Arpa-E DOE Project 2021
Aluminium Award: Award of the Swiss aluminum industry 2002
PhD Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
M.S. Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Kepplinger, P., Huber, G., Preißinger, M., & Petrasch, J. (2019). State estimation of resistive domestic hot water heaters in arbitrary operation modes for demand side management. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 9, 94-109.
Faessler, B., Kepplinger, P., & Petrasch, J. (2019). Field testing of repurposed electric vehicle batteries for price-driven grid balancing. Journal of Energy Storage, 21, 40-47.
Akolkar, A., Petrasch, J., Finck, S., & Rahmatian, N. (2018). Combined experimental-numerical identification of radiative transfer coefficients in white LED phosphor layers. Optical Materials, 76, 278-286.
Akolkar, A., Rahmatian, N., Unterberger, S.H. and Petrasch, J., Tomography based analysis of conduction anisotropy in fibrous insulation. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 108: 1740-1749, 2017.
Aguiló-Aguayo, N., Amann, P., Espiñeira, P.P., Petrasch, J., and Bechtold, T., X-ray micro tomography of three-dimensional embroidered current collectors for lithium-ion batteries, Journal of Power Sources, 306: 826-831, 2016.
Faessler, B., Kepplinger, P., and Petrasch, J. Decentralized price-driven grid balancing via repurposed electric vehicle batteries. Energy, 118: 446-455, 2017.
Arzbacher, S., Petrasch, J., Ostermann, A. and Loerting, T. Micro-Tomographic Investigation of Ice and Clathrate Formation and Decomposition under Thermodynamic Monitoring. Materials, 9(8):668, 2016.
Kepplinger, P., Huber, G. and Petrasch, J. Field testing of demand side management via autonomous optimal control of a domestic hot water heater. Energy and Buildings, 127: 730-735, 2016.
Li, L., Chen, C., Singh, A., Rahmatian, N., AuYeung, N., Randhir, K., Mei, R., Klausner, J.F., Hahn, D.W. and Petrasch, J., A transient heat transfer model for high temperature solar thermochemical reactors. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(4): 2307-2325, 2016.
Rahmatian, N., Mei, R., Klausner, J. and Petrasch, J. A coupled transport model for water splitting within a porous metal oxide thermochemical reactor using the random walk particle tracking method. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40(13):4451-4460, 2015.
Arzbacher, S., Amann, P., Weidenfeller, B., Loerting, T., Ostermann, A. and Petrasch, J. Tomography based numerical simulation of the demagnetizing field in soft magnetic composites. Journal of Applied Physics, 117(16):163905, 2015.
Kepplinger, P., Huber, G. and Petrasch, J. Autonomous optimal control for demand side management with resistive domestic hot water heaters using linear optimization. Energy and Buildings, 100:50-55, 2015.
Lipiński, W., Haussener, S. and Petrasch, J. Continuum radiative heat transfer modeling in multi-component anisotropic media in the limit of geometrical optics. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 676(1):012015, 2016.
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