Christoph Falter

Postdoctoral Research Associate

BACKGROUND

Christoph Falter is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Laboratory for Aviation and Environment at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with a focus on renewable energy carriers and solar fuels, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Before joining MIT, Christoph worked several years at a German research institute as part of the team that achieved the first production of solar thermochemical fuels.

RESEARCH

Christoph’s research focuses on renewable energy technologies and alternative fuels. Specifically, his interest is directed towards modeling the production potentials, costs and life-cycle emissions of hydrogen, biofuels, and electrofuels to reduce the environmental footprint of the aviation sector. This comprises changes to the energy infrastructure as well as production, storage, and transportation of electricity, hydrogen, and other alternative fuels. Of particular interest to him is the comprehensive assessment of energy systems taking into account thermodynamics, cost, and life cycle impacts.  

EXPERTISE

  • Modeling of energy systems 
  • Techno-economic analysis 
  • Life cycle analysis