Functional Materials Group

Research

Renewable energy conversion and storage are relevant topics in applied research today, since the use of non-fossil energy sources is essential for the reduction of CO 2 emissions. Solar and wind energy harvesting combined with chemical energy storage in batteries or fuels like hydrogen are essential processes, which need to be improved in efficiency, long-term stability and scalability. Our goal is to contribute to the development of cost effective scalable solutions for energy conversion and storage.

Latest Publications

Scaling Up Electrodes For Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

A scalable fabrication process for particle-based electrodes for solar water splitting was developed. Demonstrator-size photoanodes exhibited complex performance changes related to electrode size. Scale-up of photoelectrochemically active electrodes needs careful consideration in terms of size and device geometry.

Local photocurrent density

Actualities

Valerie Werner und Daniela Reiff

Research Should Be Meaningful for the Future

Daniela Reiff and Valerie Werner are PhD students in the group of Functional Materials. Knowing that there are many problems to solve concerning climate change and energy technology, it’s important for them that their research is more than just interesting for themselves.

Daniela Reiff, why did you decide, to do your Phd studies in the Laboratory of Functional Materials?

Daniela Reiff: My work is on developing batteries. To me this is a topic, which I can discuss with nearly everybody. This is very interesting to me, it’s so specific. And it’s an open field on which still a lot of research can be done. I like that very much.

And what about you, Valerie Werner?

For me functional materials are currently more interesting than structural materials. I’m doing research on developing electrode material for solar water splitting as a means of sustainable hydrogen production. There is great potential in this field and so it is also a safe step in my professional future.

Daniela Reiff, what would you like to achieve with Your research?

You can also talk about your phantasies. (Smiling) Well, if one day, batteries are standard in cars, in mobility in general, this would be great for me. If later on I can say «I worked on it», when people are talking about the importance of batteries in renewable energies this would be great.

And what are your research dreams, Valerie Werner?

It would be great, if we could find out something, that rises efficiency of solar water splitting. Because this is the limiting factor. And to see the invention in everyday use one day – not only in the laboratory – this would be phenomenal (smiling).

So you are working for the future of the planet. What do you do exactly at the moment, Daniela Reiff?

We are experimenting with the material of batteries cathodes, while the lithium anode remains as usual. Normally the cathode is made out of cobalt, we take for example vanadium. The target is to increase the battery power.

And you, Valerie Werner, what’s your occupation?

I will start with my Phd studies officially in march. Therefore I’m busy with putting equipement together, ordering necessary things and so on. After that I will begin to synthesize materials and characterize samples.

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