Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Germann’s (b. 1982) research group focuses on the rheology, i.e., the flow behavior, of viscoelastic fluids that are of industrial relevance. The reason for the unusual rheological properties of viscoelastic fluids is their microstructural dynamics. To establish a more fundamental understanding of viscoelastic fluids, her research group investigates the relationship between their rheology and their microstructure. The research approach combines thermodynamic modeling and numerical simulation with laboratory experiments.
Professor Germann studied food science at ETH Zurich. In 2011 she received a PhD from the same institution. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Delaware, USA. Since 2014 she has been assistant professor for fluid dynamics of complex biosystems at TUM. She has acquired international experience in the USA (University of Delaware), Australia (University of New South Wales), and Japan (National Food Research Institute).


  • AWM-NSF Travel Grant Award (2012)
  • UD International Travel Award (2012)

Key Publications

Germann N, Cook LP, Beris AN: “Investigation of the inhomogeneous shear flow of a wormlike micellar solution using a thermodynamically consistent model”. J. Non-Newt. Fluid Mech. 2014; 207: 21-31.


Germann N, Cook LP, Beris AN: “Nonequilibrium thermodynamic modeling of the structure and rheology of concentrated micellar solutions”. J. Non-Newt. Fluid Mech. 2013; 196: 51-57.


Germann N, Windhab EJ: “On the rheology and microstructure of immiscible polymer blends in eccentric Taylor-Couette flow”. J. Non-Newt. Fluid Mech. 2012; 169-170: 54-60.


Germann N, Dressler M, Windhab EJ: ”Numerical solution of an extended White-Metzner model for eccentric Taylor-Couette flow”. J. Comp. Phys. 2011; 230(21): 7853-7866.


Germann N, Dressler M, Windhab EJ: “Application of a novel preconditioner in viscoelastic fluid flow simulations”. AIP Conf. Proc. 2010; 1281(1): 1688-1691.