MAGNOTHERM develops and builds highly-efficient and sustainable cooling as well as heating solutions based on magnetic materials.

We are a young company from Technische Universität Darmstadt with world-leading expertise in permanent magnets and magnetic cooling. We are a spin-off from Functional Materials group, led by Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch. In 2019, MagnoTherm Solutions GmbH was founded.

Our technology, based on solid state materials and water, is capable of revolutionizing the way we provide temperatures. By updating the standard gas compression cycle by our magnetic refrigeration cycle, we can build the next-generation cooling or heating solutions.


Technology Leader

MAGNOTHERM builds the bridge between understanding magnetocaloric materials and engineering magnetic refrigeration devices.

With deep knowledge from producing, processing and implementing magnetocaloric materials on the one hand and building cost-efficient and high-performance magnetic refrigeration devices on the other, we are able to make refrigeration commercially available. Based on many years of pioneering research on first-order magnetocaloric materials and recycling permanent magnets, MAGNOTHERM harnesses this profound experience by designing next-generation cooling solutions.

As a deep tech start-up, we pioneer magnetic refrigeration based on multi-physical simulations, additive manufacturing methods and fast testing cycles. With our interdisciplinary team of engineers, material scientists and physicists, MAGNOTHERM builds the strongest team to challenge the current status-quo of refrigeration technologies.

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Team

We are an international group of engineers passionate about technology, sustainability, and cold beer. Building the best refrigeration device on (and for) the planet is our mission we pursue every single day!

Dimitri Benke
Dimitri Benke
Dimitri is our CTO and responsible for all technical developments. He is an expert in permanent magnets, magnetic field simulations, magnetocaloric cooling devices, and more. Dimitri studied physics at Technical University Dresden before joining the research group of Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch to pursue his PhD studies in the fields of magnetic cooling.
Dr. Max Fries
Dr. Max Fries
Max is our CEO and is responsible for the technical development as well as cooperations. He is an expert in the field of magnetocaloric materials and magnetic cooling devices. Max is a material scientist and an alumni from TU Darmstadt. In 2017, he was awarded a PhD from Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch in the field of magnetocaloric materials.
Tilman Frölich
Tilman Frölich
Tilman is responsible for computer aided design of components, prototyping, and research. He is a mechanical engineer and currently pursuing his master's degree at TU Darmstadt. Besides his studies, he is an active member of the Sailing Team Darmstadt e.V. developing a sailboat that can cross the Atlantic unmanned and energy self-sufficient.
Nicola Grieshaber
Nicola Grieshaber
Nicola is responsible for business development, administration and market research. She is an industrial engineer and manamgement student pursuing her master's degree at TU Darmstadt. Besides her studies, she is an active member of VWI ESTIEM Darmstadt e.V. as event coordinator and part of the organizational team.
Martin Lehmann
Martin Lehmann
Martin is a mechanical engineer and alumni of TU Darmstadt. He is specialised in additive manufacturing, micro controllers and design. At MAGNOTHERM, he is responsible for 3D printing and CAD/CAM.
Dr. Falk Münch
Dr. Falk Münch
Falk is a chemist specialised in functional nanomaterials and electrochemistry. After his diploma studies in Ulm and Marburg, he pursued his doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt (Materials Analysis group, Prof. W. Ensinger). During his research career, Falk was working at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel as a guest scientist (Functional Nanomaterials group, Prof. I. Rubinstein). At MAGNOTHERM, Falk is responsible for the characterization, processing and optimization of magnetocaloric materials.
Shahab Nakhjavan
Shahab Nakhjavan
Shahab is an experienced engineer and entrepreneur with expertise in mechanical engineering, 3D printing, electrical engineering and mechatronics. With his 10+ industry work experience, he is responsible for the optimization of electronics, hydraulics, mechanics and production.
Jeffrey Pickett
Iliada Ndoci
Iliada is responsible for the corporate design, public relations and social media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design from POLIS University, Tirana, Albania. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree in "Leadership in the Creative Industries" at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Previously, she has worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the UNDP, architecture studios and as a freelancer.
Jeffrey Pickett
Jeffrey Pickett
Jeff is responsible for the system design, components and integration. He is an alumni from TU Darmstadt in mechanical engineering and management as well as from Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts in Global Innovation Design. Before joining MagnoTherm Solutions, he has pursued his own startup in the field of augmented thinking.
Sarah Quehl
Sarah Quehl
Sarah is responsible for software development, especially for the graphical user Interface. She is an mechanical Engineer and is actually pursuing her master's degree in mechatronics.
Thomas Reichert
Thomas Reichert
Thomas is responsible for the system design, system development and prototype testing. He has done an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic between 2015 and 2018 working on measuring instruments. Since 2018, Thomas is studying biomimicry at Westfälische Hochschule Bocholt applying principles from nature to mechanical engineering problems.
Timur Sirman
Timur Sirman
Timur is our Co-CEO and responsible for business development, finance and operations. He is an alumni from TU Darmstadt (Bachelor's) and TU Berlin (Master's). He has gained profound experience in the fields of entrepreneurship and management.
Tim Sittig
Tim Sittig
Tim is responsible for computer aided engineering of magnetocaloric materials and heat exchanger structures. He is a mechanical engineer and pursued his master's degree at TU Darmstadt.

MAGNOTHERM consists of highly-educated scientists as well as engineers from various disciplines. We are material scientists, industrial engineers, physicists, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, electrical engineer with 10+ years of industry experience with profound expertise in electronics, electromagnets, 3D printing, and prototyping.

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Associated Team

Every great team needs support - get to know our associated team members complementing MAGNOTHERM.

Dr. Tino Gottschall
Dr. Tino Gottschall
Tino is a leading scientist at the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf. He has extensive experience in the field of magnetic cooling and is regarded as a young offspring scientist in this field. Tino has published numerous, often quoted scientific papers and holds two patents on magnetic cooling. He advises MAGNOTHERM on the technological development and device improvement.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch
Oliver is a pioneer in the fields of magnetic cooling and permanent magnets. He is one of the most cited scientists worldwide in this field and holds numerous patents. His international recognition in magnetic cooling can be seen in the organisation of the most important conference in this field (Thermag) at TU Darmstadt in 2018. Oliver also received the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant in the field of magnetic cooling in 2017. Furthermore, due to his role as scientific director of the Fraunhofer Institute IWKS, he provides good advice in the application of recycled magnets. In 2006 Prof. Gutfleisch and his partners founded the company evico magnetics GmbH, which has been successful on the market since then. At MAGNOTHERM, Oliver advises the team on technological, organizational and strategical level.
Ulysse Rocabert
Ulysse Rocabert
Ulysse is a chemical engineer with expertise in functional materials. He holds a Master's degree from TU Darmstadt is currently pursuing his PhD in the working group Functional Materials led by Oliver Gutfleisch. In collaboration with MAGNOTHERM, he is responsible for characterization, processing and optimization of magnetocaloric materials.
Ekrem Sirman
Dipl.-Ing. Ekrem Sirman
Ekrem has many years of experience in sales, production, contract negotiations and corporate management. He has been managing director and chairman of the board of two different companies in the mechanical engineering sector for more than 20 years. Through his functions in company management, as a member of the advisory board of another company and as a former member of the VDMA board of directors for drive technology, he has insight into several industries and is very well connected. He complements the consulting team with his commercial expertise and know-how in industrial production as well as valuable contacts to suppliers and cooperation partners.

Notable Publications

Check out a selection of published articles on permanent magnets and magnetocaloric materials highlighting our deep understanding of magnetic materials and heat conversion.