Adjunct professorship for Thijs Defraeye

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Thijs Defraeye with his

Thijs Defraeye with his "Fruit Sensor", which monitors fruits during transport.

Empa researcher Thijs Defraeye has been appointed adjunct professor at Dalhousie University in Canada within the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture. His new position and the associated collaboration with Dalhousie University will primarily focus on electrohydrodynamic drying processes of soft materials.

In late April Dalhousie University in Canada appointed Thijs Defraeye adjunct professor. Defraeye received his PhD in 2011 from KU Leuven in Belgium in the field of building physics. He joined Empa in 2014 and is currently working as a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles in St. Gallen. At Empa, he played a key role in the design and construction of large fluid tunnel facilities, such as the Empa/ETHZ wind and water tunnels in Dübendorf. He is also coordinating the COMSOL User Group at Empa and organizes the annual Topical Days on High-Performance Multiscale Modeling.

His current research focusses on understanding and steering convective dehydration and cooling processes of soft materials, including food products, by means of computational engineering. His goal is to better understand how process parameters affect the resulting material properties and microstructures in order to optimize these processes and to provide pristine product quality.