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 CO2 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

We are pleased that the following students are currently writing their bachelor thesis with us:

Darge, Philipp, Influence of the electrolyte on the performance of a Li- ion battery

Hörndl, Julian, Composite Material for Photoelectrochemical Watersplitting

Jeckel, Maik, Influence of Morphology on the Performance of Cathode Materials

Wendlinger, Veronika, Degradation Processes in Photoanodes

Talent internship

In August 2019, the student Cornelia Shtepani successfully completed the talent internship for students funded by the FFG in the Functional Materials group at the University of Salzburg. The student could gain insight into the research activities of our group and experience the daily routine of a scientist. She worked on the fabrication of photoelectrodes for solar water splitting.

Article "Scaling Up Electrodes For Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" On Frontcover Of "ChemSusChem"

Barrierefreiheit: Kurzbeschreibung des Bildes

Great success for the Functional Materials Group. Their article "Scaling Up Electrodes For Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" (see section Latest Publications) was selected as front cover story in the science magazine "ChemSusChem". The magazine, released by the Wiley-VCH publishing house (Germany) on behalf of ChemPubSoc Europe, publishes scientific articles concerning interdisciplinary research at the interface of chemistry, material science, sustainability and energy. It has an impact factor of 7.7 and is ranked at place 18 of 157 magazines worldwide in the field of interdisciplinary chemistry.

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