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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 October – 2021
Mirco found a branched maze with the help of electron microscopy.
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