Where Chemistry meets Electricity
Electrochemistry primarily deals with the interaction of electrical current or voltage with chemical reactions or material modifications. Prominent examples are fuel cells, electrolysis, batteries, electroplating, and corrosion. Hence, electrochemistry is an impactful key discipline in chemistry having enormous importance for sustainable energy storage and conversion as well as materials technology. Interdisciplinarity is one of its main characteristics with links to many other fields of chemistry such as inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry as well as to physics, materials science and electrical engineering.
The research activities of the Electrochemistry Division cover many different aspects of the field: Both aqueous electrochemical cells and solid state electrochemical systems (solid state ionics) are under investigation. Electrode reactions as well as elementary processes of ion conduction are intensively studied. Novel electrochemical methods are developed and theoretical model considerations are performed. This leads to an in-depth basic knowledge on electrochemical processes and their mechanisms and furthermore promotes applications of electrochemical cells and processes. In addition, a number of research activities run in the closely related field of electroceramic materials.
Research projects are located in the fields of basic research (e.g. funded by FWF), applied basic research (e.g. funded by the Christian Doppler Society) and in cooperation with companies.
Head of research division
Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat. Jürgen Fleig
Head, Research Unit of Technical Electrochemistry