Prof. Dr.-Ing. Josef Kindersberger


High Voltage Technology and Power Transmission
Professor emeritus since April 1, 2019

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Kindersberger (b. 1953) are centered on the insulating properties of gases and solids, the insulating capacity of electrical insulation systems for high voltage equipment under various voltage stresses, and the long-term behavior of electrical high-current connections.
After studying electrical engineering at TUM, he obtained his doctorate in 1986. He then worked for Hoechst CeramTec AG (Wunsiedel, Bavaria). From 1990, he held overall responsibility for the development, production and sale of high-voltage insulators. In 1995, he received a Chair at TU Dresden, and in 2001 accepted the offer of a Chair from TUM. Prof. Kindersberger is active in CIGRE (Chairman Study Committee D1 “Materials and emerging test techniques”, 2010-2016), IEC (Chairman IEC TC 36 “Insulators”, 2003-2015), VDE (Chairman ETG FB Q2 “Materials, insulation systems and diagnosis”, 2003-2010) and IEEE (member of the Executive Committee of IEEE PES German Chapter, 1999-2010).


  • CIGRE Honorary Member (2016)
  • VDE Medal of Honor (2011)
  • The CIGRE Technical Committee Award (2006)
  • Young Scientist, Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation (1986)

Seiler J, Kindersberger J: “Insight into the Interphase in Polymer Nanocomposites.” IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 2014; 21(2): 537-547.


Winter A, Kindersberger J: “Transient Field Distribution in Gas-Solid Insulation Systems under DC Voltages”. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 2014; 21(1): 116-128.


Rätzke S, Kindersberger J: “The role of the Interphase on the Resistance to High-Voltage Arcing and to Tracking and Erosion of Silicone/SiO2 Nanocomposites.” IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 2010; 17(2): 607-614.


Kindersberger J, Lederle Ch: “Surface Charge Decay on Insulators in Air and Sulfurhexafluorid – Part I: Simulation & Part II: Measurement.” IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 2008; 15(4): 941 957.


Wiegart N, Niemeyer L, Pinnekamp F, Boeck W, Kindersberger J, Morrow R, Zaengl W, Zwicky M, Gallimberti I, Boggs SA: “Inhomogeneous Field Breakdown in GIS – The Prediction of Breakdown Probabilities and Voltages. Part I – Part III”. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. 1988; 3(3): 923-946.