Assistant Professor

Felix Warmer

RESEARCH PROFILE

Felix aims to solve the energy and climate crisis by bringing sustainable as well as affordable fusion power to the energy grid. To achieve this, a fusion power plant – one of the most complex machines ever to be envisioned by mankind – must be designed in an attractive and holistic manner. Felix is working to accelerate such design activities by developing the “digital twin” of a fusion power plant following the stellarator concept. This virtual counterpart allows to integrate the complex physics, engineering, as well as economic considerations and constraints into a single modelling platform concurrently matching the interaction of all system components. Felix tackles this multidisciplinary endeavour by closely cooperating with respective experts around Europe and the World in a closely linked network. He is convinced that the virtual design optimisation of the digital twin will accelerate the deployment of fusion energy for the benefit of mankind.

Like building a Cathedral, Nuclear Fusion is a visionary and monumental endeavour, and once successful, will leave generations in awe.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Felix Warmer obtained his MSc in Physics at the Universität Leipzig, Germany, while carrying out his master thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany – the fusion research institute that is hosting the advanced stellarator Wendelstein 7-X. He continued to work there as a PhD being awarded “summa cum laude” by the Technische Universität Berlin in 2016. He then obtained a Feodor Lynen Research Grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which he carried out with the support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the National Institute for Fusion Science in Japan. He then went back to work for the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, first as a postdoctoral fellow and soon after as a permanent staff scientist. In 2022 he was appointed as a tenured Assistant Professor at TU/e.