Process Technology for Electrochemical Functional Materials

Research in the group on Process Technology for  Electrochemical Functional  Materials, led by Doris Segets, focuses on the dispersion and ink formulation of nanoparticles for their large-scale coating on flexible substrates. We are striving for energy applications and sustainable technologies including batteries, fuel cells, and (Opto)electronics.

Starting from the high-performance nanomaterials synthesized at UDE’s NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ) in large quantities, we develop a knowledge-based formulation of functional inks and their subsequent coating as (nano)structured layers. To realize this vision, we make use of a toolbox we already developed for the in-depth characterization of colloidal interfaces at the molecular level. By using appropriate descriptors, we connect the therefrom-gained findings with information on dispersibility and colloidal stability at the particle level.

Such an in-depth understanding of disperse ink properties is then the starting point for the preparation of tailored coatings. Finally, we link layer properties of these coatings with electrode performance. Due to hierarchical knowledge-transfer along the design chain, our approach is an enabling technology for true product design, exemplified by means of electrochemical functional materials.

Prof. Hermann Nirschl, Prof. Doris Segets, Elisabeth Löffler, Dr. Ljuba Woppowa, (from left to right). / Nuernberg Messe / Thomas Geiger

Awards & Honors

  • Friedrich-Löffler-Prize for young scientists for outstanding contributions to the field of particle technology and product design, VDI-GVC, 2016
  • Research Award of the Alfred-Kärcher-Foundation, 2015
  • Starting Grant of the Erlangen Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials, 2015
  • Max-Buchner Research Grant, Dechema, 2015
  • Ph.D. prize for young researchers of the Faculty of Engineering, FAU, 2013

Memberships & Activities


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