Prof. C.A. (Clemens) Dransfeld



After studying Materials Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1990 and first professional experience at Dow Chemical in the development of automotive application in composites, Clemens Dransfeld earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Domus Academy in Milano in 1992. He founded dyne design engineering in 1995, quickly becoming an established partner for award winning product developments requiring special expertise in polymer composites engineering. After 15 years in industry he was appointed Professor at the FHNW University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland and Arts in 2006 where he was heading the Institute of Polymer Engineering. His research focusses on innovations in product and processes with a focus on high-performance polymers and composites. The focus being the application of polymer based composites for a sustainable mobility. His work with a strong impact on industrial valorisation contributed to scientific publications and patents. In 2018 Clemens Dransfeld was further appointed to  serve in the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, The Swiss Innovation Agency, a federal entity whose role is to promote and fund science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland. As per 1st of September 2018, Clemens Dransfeld has been appointed full professor of aerospace manufacturing technologies at TU Delft. 


The Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Group follows an interdisciplinary approach between materials science, engineering and manufacturing with three strongly interlinked focus areas (i) joining of multi materials (ii) hierarchical structured materials and associated processes and (iii) fast processing methods of high performance polymer composites. 


[1]        N. Eguemann, L. Giger, and C. Dransfeld, " JEC Americas Innovation Award as partner to Cross Composite for Automated production system for 3D complex, fully recyclable bicycle components," 2016.

[2]        T. Ricard, F. Mordassini, J. Cugnoni, and C. Dransfeld, "JEC Composites Innovation Award, together with North Thin Ply Technology et al.,  for world's thinnest prepreg and associated tools," 2014.

[3]        C. Dransfeld, M. Bräker, and M. Farhat, "AVK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft verstärkte Kunststoffe) Innovation Award for Adaptive Blades for Water Turbines," 2010.

[4]        C. Dransfeld and C. Fischer, "IF Product Design Award Gold for CFRP Scara Robot arm  Fa. Schubert," 2005.

[5]        C. Dransfeld and J. Kopp, "Swiss Gold Award from Swiss television and the architecture and design journal „Hochparterre“ in the Kategorie Design for the Tender 06 Motorboat," 2005.

[6]        C. Dransfeld, F. Magerl, and R. Stadler, "Nomination for the Design Awards of the Federal Republic of Germany as project partner to  Icotec AG für innovative osteosynthesis plates," 2004.

[7]        C. Dransfeld, C. Fischer, F. Magerl, F. Stadler, and R. Tognini, "IF Design Award, as project partner to Icotec AG für innovative osteosynthesis plates," 2003.

[8]        C. Dransfeld and J. Kopp, "Nomination for Swiss Design Award for the design of Tender 06 Motorboat," 2003.

[9]        C. Dransfeld, U. Spelz, and N. C., "Nomination for JEC Composites Award as project partner to ACM und Nägeli AG innovative composite spring element for slatted bed frame," 2002.

[10]      C. Dransfeld, F. Magerl, and R. Stadler, "JEC Composites Award, Together with Icotec AG für innovative Osteosynthesis plates," 2001.

[11]      C. Dransfeld, "Polymer engineering award from ETH Zürich for CFRP car engine connecting rod," 1991.

Key publications

[1]          M. Grossman, D. Pivovarov, F. Bouville, C. Dransfeld, K. Masania, and A. R. Studart, "Hierarchical Toughening of Nacre-Like Composites," Advanced Functional Materials, vol. Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue, p. 1806800, 8. January 2019 2019.

[2]          J. Cugnoni, R. Amacher, S. Kohler, J. Brunner, E. Kramer, C. Dransfeld, W. Smith, K. Scobbie, L. Sorensen, and J. Botsis, "Towards aerospace grade thin-ply composites: Effect of ply thickness, fibre, matrix and interlayer toughening on strength and damage tolerance," Composites Science and Technology, vol. 168, pp. 467-477, 2018/11/10/ 2018.

[3]          A. Keller, H. M. Chong, A. C. Taylor, C. Dransfeld, and K. Masania, "Core-shell rubber nanoparticle reinforcement and processing of high toughness fast-curing epoxy composites," Composites Science and Technology, vol. 147, pp. 78-88, 7/28/ 2017.

[4]          W. Szmyt, S. Vogel, A. Diaz, M. Holler, J. Gobrecht, M. Calame, and C. Dransfeld, "Protective effect of ultrathin alumina film against diffusion of iron into carbon fiber during growth of carbon nanotubes for hierarchical composites investigated by ptychographic X-ray computed tomography," Carbon, vol. 115, pp. 347-362, 5// 2017.

[5]          A. Keller, K. Masania, A. C. Taylor, and C. Dransfeld, "Fast-curing epoxy polymers with silica nanoparticles: properties and rheo-kinetic modelling," (in English), Journal of Materials Science, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 236–251, 2015/07/02 2015.

[6]          R. Amacher, J. Cugnoni, J. Botsis, L. Sorensen, W. Smith, and C. Dransfeld, "Thin ply composites: Experimental characterization and modeling of size-effects," Composites Science and Technology, vol. 101, no. 0, pp. 121-132, 9/12/ 2014.

2019 - Additive Manufacturing
2020 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I
2020 - Additive Manufacturing
2020 - Polymer Composites Manufacturing
2019 - Polymer Composites Manufacturing
2019 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I
ancillary activities
(Board) member of committee, foundation, association, steering committee or sounding board - Innosuisse, Member of the Innovation Council

2018-09-01 - 2020-09-01

Public administration, government, social security

Lid of voorzitter Raad van Toezicht, Raad van Commissarissen, Raad van Advies - Institute for Composite Materials (IVW)

2020-01-01 - 2022-01-01

Public administration, government, social security