Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert

Head Transport processes at interfaces
Phone: +49 351 260 3860

Teresa Schurz

Department secretary
Transport processes at interfaces
Phone: +49 351 260 3876

Transport processes at interfaces

The new department established in Oct. 2016 (Head: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert):

  • analyzes multi-scale transport phenomena at different sorts of interfaces, e.g. liquid-liquid interfaces
  • performs experiments and simulations to investigate the flow phenomena and related instabilities of / at interfaces
Foto: KE 2 ©Copyright: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert


The focus is on model experiments to study particle attachment depending on the hydrodynamics in the flotation cell on both micro- and mesoscale. For this purpose, advanced PIV methods and interferometry are used.
Foto: EC-bubble-1 ©Copyright: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert

Electrochemical processes

Gas-evolving electrodes and electrodeposition processes are in the focus of our works performed in close collaboration with IFW Dresden. Our particular interest is on the contactless enhancement of mass transport by means of a magnetohydrodynamic convection.
Foto: magnetic-separation-1 ©Copyright: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert

Magnetic se­paration

Commercial magnetic se­parators treat successfully ­para- and ferromagnetic particles up to sizes of 0.1…0.5 mm. We work on magnetic se­paration techniques for finer particles and ionic species.
Foto: dendritic solidification ©Copyright: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Eckert

Dendritic solidification

We study the evolution of dendrites during the solidification of metallic melts.Phase-field simulations combined with experimental results are employed to bet­ter understand transient solidification conditions and coarsening processes.
Foto: Foam flow around cylinder ©Copyright: Dr. Sascha Heitkam

Foam flow

The flowing behavior of wet aqueous foam is investigated, combining experimental and numerical methods. Special focus lies on the interaction between flow and liquid content of the foam.
Foto: KS0 ©Copyright: Dr. Karin Schwarzenberger

Marangoni convection at droplets and bubbles

Mass transfer across interfaces is frequently accompanied by hydrodynamic instabilities, such as Marangoni or Rayleigh instabilities. Their study forms one focus of our works at TUD.
Foto: Emmy-Noether ©Copyright: DFG

Towards Fluid Dynamics of Foam and Froth

This Emmy Noether research group develops and adapts novel measurement techniques for foam and froth flow and investigates generic flow configurations

TU Dresden, Chair of transport processes at interfaces