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.
In the battery of the future, solids will replace the currently used electrolyte solutions. A team of e-conversion scientists has now developed a series of new sodium ion conductors. The secret of the best material in the series lies in the exact mixing of the ingredients.
Every year, the journal ACS Nano names three scientists who have made notable contributions to the nanosciences as Nano Award Lecture Laureates. This year’s awardees include e-conversion member Stefan Maier.
The e-conversion member Professor Ian Sharp (Experimental Semiconductor Physics at TU Munich) has been awarded Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). With his ERC project, he aims to develop new materials for photovoltaics.
With a kick-off meeting, the e-conversion graduate program officially started on St. Nicholas´ Day. The newly elected student board is looking forward to the ideas of their PhD colleagues and to creating a lively network.