One year ago David Egger became professor for “Theory of Functional Energy Materials” at TU München and member of e-conversion. We asked him about his research, his ideas for the cluster and why he loves being a scientist.
Platinum is the common catalyst material for the oxygen reduction in fuel cells and its main cost factor. With a machine learning technique, scientists from e-conversion now can forecast and optimize the performance of catalysts with less platinum.
Three new Hans Fischer Senior Fellows will be joining our community for the next three years: Laura Herz, Ib Chorkendorff and Natalia Shustova will be working on the creation of new materials for energy conversion and on understanding the associated energy conversion processes.
It´s a pity – most photocatalysts have an absorption maximum outside the sunlight spectrum. But now scientists from the e-conversion cluster were able to significantly increase the energy yield by using nanophotonic methods.