4. Career Dialogue: "Prof. Christian Franck - ETH Zürich"

Career Dialogue

  • Date: Nov 19, 2020
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Christian Franck
  • Location: Zoom
  • Room: For zoom details write an email to careercenter@ipp.mpg.de
  • Host: Career Center
  • Contact: careercenter@ipp.mpg.de
For the Career Dialogue we invite people with different backgrounds who will initially tell about themselves, their career or their networks and will then answer your questions and engage in a dialogue with you. The purpose of the Career Dialogue is to provide insight into different career paths, to bring you in contact with people outside IPP and to enhance our networks in all directions - science, industry, entrepreneurship, science management.

Christian M. Franck was appointed Full Professor of High Voltage Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich by March 2020 (Assistant Professor from Jan 2010 – May 2015, Associate Professor May 2015 - March 2020).

He studied physics at the Universities of Bonn (Germany), Edinburgh (Scotland), and Kiel (Germany) where he graduated 1999 with a diploma. Afterwards he worked at the Max-​Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald (Germany) in the area of electromagnetic wave propagation in magnetized plasmas, receiving his Ph.D. in experimental physics in 2003. Then he worked at the ABB Research Center in Baden (Switzerland) in the area of current interruption, limitation and high voltage insulation. From 2005 on he headed the group for high voltage systems and gas circuit breakers. In January 2010 he joined ETH Zurich as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2015 and to Full Professor in March 2020. He is married and has three children.

His current research and teaching is in the area of “technologies for future electric energy transmission systems” with focus in the areas of High-​Voltage Gaseous and Solid Insulation Systems as well as Current Interruption.

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