Materials and construction materials play a significant role in developing systems for energy conversion and storage. Besides further technological developments and optimisations, fundamental innovations are expected, especially through research on new materials as well as through tailor-made material functionalisation. This is done on very different size scales. The spectrum ranges from macroscopic light-weight and composite materials, micro- and nano-structured surfaces to transport phenomena at atomic level.

Current problems address the development of long-term stable and high-efficiency electrode materials for hydrogen electrolysis, as well as for rechargeable metal-air batteries, the provision of catalytic surfaces in tube reactors for the methanisation of hydrogen with CO2 and the storage of hydrogen with LOHC – Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers. With the competences present at the member universities of EFZN basic research for a detailed understanding of the processes involved, as well as for the optimisation of process parameters for large-scale processing through different processes are investigated.

Research infrastructure

The university locations provide scientists in this line of research with comprehensive research infrastructure.

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Research Scientists

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Achmus

Institute of Geotechnical Engineering (IGtH), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery

Chemistry Department, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer

Institute for Surface Technology (IOT), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Brendel

Institute of Solid State Physics (FKP), Hannover, Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH), Hamelin

Prof. Dr. Ulf Diederichsen

Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (IOBC), Göttingen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Fritze

Institute of Energy Research and Physical Technologies (IEPT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. Leonhard Ganzer

Institute of Subsurface Energy System (ITE), Clausthal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Kunz

Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering (ICVT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lienau

Institute of Physics, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Lohaus

Institute of Building Materials Science (IfB), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing Hans Jürgen Maier

Institute for Material Science (IW), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Mehtap Oezaslan

Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. sc. nat. H. Jörg Osten

Institute of Electronic Materials and Devices (MBE), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rösler

Institute for Materials (IfW), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Daniel M. Schaadt

Institute of Energy Research and Physical Technologies (IEPT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Schade

Institute of Energy Research and Physical Technologies (IEPT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. Uta Schlickum

Institute of Applied Physics, Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Jan Schmidt

Institute of Solid State Physics (FKP), Hannover, Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH), Hamelin

Prof. Cynthia Volkert, PhD

Institute for Materials Physics (IMP), Göttingen

Prof. Tobias Voss

Institute of Semiconductor Technology (IHT), Braunschweig

Prof. Andreas Waag

Institute of Semiconductor Technology (IHT), Braunschweig

Prof. Peter J. Walla

Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (IPTC), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Werle

Institute of Electric Power Systems (IfES), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock

Chemistry Department, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. Alec Wodtke

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Göttingen