Our research is primarily funded via projects competitively granted by the German Research Foundation DFG and Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF. With respect to the funding by the DFG we are pleased not only to be financially supported by individual research grants but also to participate in large research consortia, such as a Research Training Group, two Collaborative Research Centers and a Cluster of Excellence.
In the following we list our project participation and invite you to visit the respective consortia websites for details.
Collaborative Research Center 917
In the Collaborative Research Center 917 "Resistively Switching Chalcogenides for Future Electronics – Structure, Kinetics, and Device Scalability", our studies focus on synthesis of metaloxide and -chalcogenide nanoparticles as resistively switching valence change or phase change materials.
Collaborative Research Center 985
The Collaborative Research Center 985 "Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems" brings together research groups from polymer science, chemical engineering and life sciences and focuses on microgels as a group of highly functional macromolecules. Within this consortium we focus on nanoparticle-microgel hybrids.
Fuel Science Center
The main goal of the Fuel Science Center "Adaptive Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy and Carbon Sources" is to define and develop the methodological basis for "Fuel Science" in a convergent approach to interdisciplinary research.
Post Graduate Program 1856
The Post Graduate Program "Integrated Energy Supply Modules for Roadbound E-Mobility mobilEM" explores the physical foundations of electro-chemical energy storage and its combination with novel fuel-operated range extender units.
Incubator Sustainable Electrochemical Value Chain (iNEW)
Within the in German entitled Framework project „Accelerator Nachhaltige Bereitstellung Elektrochemisch Erzeugter Kraft- und Wertstoffe mittels Power-toX (ANABEL)“ founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research we are working in the „Incubator Sustainable Electrochemical Value Chain (iNEW)“ and focus on the topic „Power-to-ammonia“. Ammonia is one of the most important chemicals and fundamental for many nitrogen-based molecules. While the conventional production follows the established Haber-Bosch procedure at high temperature and high pressure, we will research on low temperature and high temperature N2-electrolysis at low pressure.
In situ and Operando Plating Detection in Batteries (InOPlaBat)
The research project "In situ and Operando Plating Detection in Batteries" (InOPlaBat) is part of the competence cluster "Analytics/Quality Assurance" (AQua) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goal of our consortium is to enable spatially and temporally resolved detection of lithium plating (accumulation of metallic lithium) in lithium ion batteries. The focus of our work is investigations of lithium plating on the active material using electrochemical in situ transmission electron microscopy.