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Research topics of the Marschall group
Research topics of the Marschall group

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In my research group, we combine inorganic synthetic approaches with thorough physicochemical characterization to develop new materials for solar energy conversion.

The supply of modern society with clean and sustainable energy is one of the priority issues for scientists nowadays. Therefore, solar energy conversion to generate electricity or produce solar fuels is our major research focus. Hydrogen e.g. from water splitting is often discussed as future fuel as alternative to fossil fuels, especially with respect to the environmental issues of actual hydrogen production. Thus, both sunlight and water represent cheap and renewable energy sources. Modern chemical synthesis techniques provide us the platform to prepare new nanostructured materials with tailored properties, optimized surface area and light absorption, and tuned particle size and shape. Following synthesis and characterization, we investigate the catalytic properties of our new materials in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemcial reactions, including wastewater treatment, Hydrogen generation and water splitting, or use them as building blocks to prepare composite materials.

Additionally, we are dealing with the usage of our sustainably produced hydrogen in electrochemical cells like fuel cells, and investigate the special characteristics of the proton conducting membrane. Therefore, we are analyzing different proton conducting solid materials as additives or even proton conducting membranes itself.

Picture of the Month November – 2020

Our latest work in Inorg. Chem. shows the powerful possibilities of XPS to analyse photocatalysts, especially for the postcatalytic analysis. Thank you to the KeyLab Device Engineering in BPI at UBT. (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00811)

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