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

Breakthrough in solar water splitting

In May, 2020, Simone Pokrant published a comment in the Nature science magazine’s News & Views section with her view on a breakthrough in catalyst design by Takata et al. that might accelerate the development of large-scale processes for producing hydrogen from water using sunlight.

Nature is one of the most quoted science magazines with the highest impact factor in its category.

Her article can be found here.   

The nature podcast corresponding to the work of Takata et al. is linked here.

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

Students Topic
Huber, Andreas Conductive networks for battery electrodes
Praxmair, Jakob Improving the material properties of a photocatalyst for solar water splitting
Zern, Christoph Hydrated vanadium oxides as energy storage material for Ion-batteries

 

 

Talent internship

Once again, the student Cornelia Shtepani joined the group of Prof. Simone Pokrant as an intern in August, 2020. In context of the FFG student internship programme, she could experience a scientist's every day life and get further insight into the topic of preparation and characterization of photocatalysts for solar water splitting.  

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

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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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