Materials and Processes for Energy and Transport Technologies

The development and optimization of materials and devices for energy and transport technologies increasingly demands in-depth characterization of their electronic, chemical, and structural properties. Synchrotron-based analytical techniques are excellently suited to provide such insights but are typically best applied to fundamental questions on well-defined idealized systems. Our goal is to develop and use these high-level characterization techniques for the study of the applied materials systems found in real world devices and processs, such as solar cells, catalysts or Li-based batteries.

To achieve this goal we apply  in situ and operado x-ray spectroscopic techniques in the soft and hard x-ray range  to investigate the relationship between structure, dynamics, and function in materials such as thin-film and organic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, printed electronics and batteries, as well as cementitious materials, catalysts, and materials for photoelectrochemical water cleavage.