Stays Abroad

Research stay at Sato Lab, PSI, Villingen, Switzerland

August 2022

Following the easing of the global covid situation, Dr. N. Samkhaniani, a postdoctoral researcher in subproject 1, embarked on a one-month stay at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villingen, Switzerland in August 2022 to expand his knowledge and experience in the field of subscale modeling of the microlayer in evaporation processes. At the Paul Scherrer Institute, Mr. Samkhaniani had the opportunity to methodically exchange ideas in the group of Dr. Yohei Sato, a senior scientist in the field of numerical and theoretical modeling of phase transitions, to exchange methods and improve the properties of his open-source CFD solver including microlayer modeling. After the stay, the collaboration with Mr. Sato will continue in the field of flow simulation of phase transitions with the goal of implementing a novel model for accurate mapping of the microlayer in the in-house OpenFOAM solver.

Research stay at Adschiri Lab, AIMR, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Feb - April 2019


By the beginning of February 2019, Christian Schüßler, a PhD student of subproject 4, went to the group of Prof. Dr. Tadafumi Adschiri at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He stayed there for a research project of three months. Prof. Adschiri developed the so-called process of continuous hydrothermal synthesis (CHTS) for the production of metaloxide nanoparticles with supercritical water in the early 90s. The scientists of Adschiri Lab have a long-time experience about the CHTS process. This enables a fast transfer of knowledge as well as international collaborations and future cooperations are promoted. During the stay a pilot plant for the synthesis of metaloxide nanoparticles was planned, constructed and characterized. The research project was focussed on the kinetic investigations of the particle formation with respect to different metal salts as precursors.

Compared to Germany, life in Japan is way different, in both cultural and daily aspects. Apart from the work in the lab the variety of food and the coexistence of places of worship and the modern part of the cities were impressive.