Curriculum Vitae



Sven Reichenberger


Curriculum Vitae Dr. Sven Reichenberger (November 2019)

Date of birth: February 19, 1987, in Germany

University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Chemistry, Technical Chemistry I and
Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE)

NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ)
Carl-Benz-Straße 199
47057 Duisburg
Tel: +49 203 379 8116



Research Interest

About 80% of all catalyzed chemical reactions used worldwide are being heterogeneously catalyzed with the probably most prominent example being the exhausted catalyst in cars, electrocatalysts in fuel cells and electrolyzers and the broad zoo of catalysts used in chemical industry to synthesize basic chemicals. A large fraction of the materials used hereby are so-called supported catalysts which consist of a support material with large surface area and one or several (often) nanoparticulate co-catalysts. The catalytic activity and selectivity of such materials as well as the rational design to maximize the product yield is generally related to the interaction between co-catalyst and the support leading to the formation of a high number of so-called “active sites”. Yet, in heterogeneously catalysed reactions the mechanistic correlations between catalytic activity and dynamically changing catalyst structure (size of support and co-catalyst, crystallinity, existence of defects) as well as general materials properties (composition, band structure, charge carrier density etc.) required to determine or even predict the density of active sites participating and forming during the reaction remains a huge challenge. Expanding our general knowledge and understanding of the formation and type of active sites in different catalytic reactions strongly supports to purposefully design nanomaterials and catalysts strongly required for an economic and indulgent development of new sustainable technologies. When considering current discussions on mining rare-earth elements or lithium required in many of our modern technologies this aspect appears to be even more important.

With the technological vision mentioned above in mind the junior research group of Dr. Sven Reichenberger aims to contribute by using the extraordinary properties of laser-generated nanoparticle (co-catalyst) and laser-based colloidal post-processing (support) to synthesize and provide gradually tuned and tailored heterogeneous catalysts with individually adjusted composition (of co-catalyst and support), above mentioned materials properties, size and loading (of co-catalyst). To achieve this purpose, pulsed laser ablation in liquids (LAL) is used and studied to fabricate surfactant-free nanoparticles with high purity (no surfactants used!) and controlled size distribution of a wide variety of materials including metals, oxides, and alloys. The laser-based synthesis is linearly scalable and generally allows to fabricate heterogeneous catalysts by colloidal deposition of the nanoparticulate co-catalyst on support materials (also metals, oxides, sulfides, nitrides, carbides, graphenes, etc.) in desired and (mostly) freely choosable mass/surface loading. To alter the properties of the support material (or the final supported catalyst) a colloidal pulsed laser post-processing (cLPP) method is used and further developed with the aim to understand the occurring laser-induced materials property changes allowing to gradually create (or remove) material defects, tune optical properties (e.g. bandgap, photoluminescence), composition or exposed crystal phases for heterogeneous catalysis studies. While our internal research projects aim at improving our method by improving our insight on the laser-materials interaction and mechanisms of laser-based materials property changes, we continuously seek for national and international collaborations with experts in materials and surface analytics and heterogeneous catalysis research and development. For more information on our approach please refer to the following publication and feel free to contact me.

Reichenberger, S., Marzun, G., Muhler, M., Barcikowski, S., Perspective of Surfactant‐Free Colloidal Nanoparticles in Heterogeneous Catalysis. (2019), ChemCatChem, 11(18), 4489-4518.


Professional academic career
Since 2019 

Leader of a research group on laser-based synthesis of nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Chemistry, Technical Chemistry I (Chair: Prof. Dr.‑Ing. S. Barcikowski), Duisburg (academic aim: habilitation - comparable to a junior professorship)


Postdoctoral studies on laser-based defect induction in semiconductors with Prof. Dr.‑Ing. S. Barcikowski at University of Duisburg-Essen


Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) on the synthesis and supporting of laser-generated nanoparticles in porous materials by using supercritical CO2, at Department of Chemistry and Institute for Coatings and Surface Chemistry of the HS-Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld; Advisors: Prof. Dr. E. Cleve, Dr.-Ing. S. Barcikowski


Master thesis (M. Eng.) at HS-Niederrhein and scientific employment (development engineer) for materials characterization at Röhr + Stolberg GmbH, Krefeld


Studies of Technical Chemistry (M. Eng) at HS-Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld


Dual study program (B. Eng) in cooperation of Technical Chemistry at HS-Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld and Covestro AG, Krefeld

Additional scientific activities

Guest Scientist, Chemistry Department, Prof. Dr. G. Granozzi, University of Padua, Italy 

Since 2018

Scientific staff at DFG CRC/TRR 247 “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase” 

Since 2018

Scientific member of EXPLORE Materials Chain program, UAR Ruhr 

Since 2017

Scientific board member of the Young Researcher Network, University of Duisburg-Essen

2013–2017 Active member of the graduate college, Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Science, Krefeld 
2010–2012 Associated Member, Institute for Coatings and Surface Chemistry  (ILOC), HS-Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences
2008-2010 Scientific Employee, Ametek GmbH, Meerbusch
2006–2008 Graduate of the KIA program (cooperative engineer training) of Currenta GmbH (former Bayer Industry Services GmbH)
Since 2006 Member of the German Physical Society (DPG) 
Current research activities and main scientic focus
Fundamentals of Pulsed Laser Post Processing (PLPP) of colloids, Laser-based tuning of materials properties (“defect- engineering”) and synthesis of het. catalysts, Selective oxidation catalysis, Catalyst development for electrocatalytic application (fuel cell / electrolysis)
Awards and Grands (Selection)

Travel grand from Explore Materials Chain (EXMAC) / UAR Ruhr (cooperation with Dr. S. Verbruggen, University of Antwerp) and CENIDE (cooperation with Prof. Dr. Y. Yamamoto as well as Dr. K. Takeyasu, University of Tsukuba)


Best Cooperation Award of CENIDE for the best joint cooperative work: Applied Surface Science (2019), 467, 486–492 & Applied Surface Science (2019), 467, 1181-1186.


ALTANA Young Chemist award (Jungchemikerpreis) by ALTANA AG and GDCh (Society of German Chemists) 

2015 Travelgrand grant of CENIDE for active participation at GRC-Nanomaterials for Application in Energy Technology, Ventura, USA
2014 CENIDE best Cooperation Award for the best cooperative work: Applied Surface Science (2015), 336, 48-52.
Selected peer-reviewed Publications

Jindal, A., Tashiro, K., Kotani, H., Takei, T., Reichenberger, S., Marzun, G., Barcikowski, S., Kojima, T., Yamamoto, Y.; Excellent Oxygen Reduction Reaction Performance in Self-Assembled Amyloid-β/Platinum Nanoparticle Hybrids with Effective Platinum-Nitrogen Bond Formation. ACS Applied Energy Materials (2019), DOI:10.1021/acsaem.9b01103


Reichenberger, S., Marzun, G., Muhler, M., Barcikowski, S., Perspective of surfactant‐free colloidal nanoparticles in heterogeneous catalysis. ChemCatChem (2019), DOI:10.1002/cctc.201900666.


Labusch, M., Cunha, A. P., Wirtz, S. F., Reichenberger, S., Cleve, E., Söffker, D., Barcikowski, S.; Acoustic emission control avoids fluence shifts caused by target runaway during laser synthesis of colloids. Applied Surface Science (2019), 479, 887-895.


S. Barcikowski, V. Amendola, M. Lau, G. Marzun, C. Rehbock, S. Reichenberger, D. Zhang, B. Gökce, Handbook of Laser Synthesis and Processing of Colloids (Second Edition), DuEPublico (2019),


Kohsakowski, S., Streubel, R., Radev, I., Peinecke, V., Barcikowski, S., Marzun, G., Reichenberger, S., First PEM fuel cell based on ligand-free, laser-generated platinum nanoparticles. Applied Surface Science (2019), 467, 486–492.



Bertin, E., Münzer, A., Reichenberger, S., Streubel, R., Vinnay, T., Wiggers, H., Schulz, C., Barcikowski, S., Marzun, G.; Durability study of platinum nanoparticles supported on gas-phase synthesized graphene in oxygen reduction reaction conditions. Applied Surface Science (2019), 467, 1181-1186.

[7] Lau, M., Reichenberger, S. (equal contribution), Haxhiaj, I., Barcikowski, S., Müller, A. M.; Mechanism of Laser-Induced Bulk and Surface Defect Generation in ZnO and TiO2 Nanoparticles: Effect on Photoelectrochemical Performance. ACS Applied Energy Materials (2018), 1(10), 5366-5385
[8] Kohsakowski, S., Pulisova, P., Mitoraj, D., Neubert, S., Biskupek, J., Kaiser, U., Reichenberger, S., Marzun, G., Beranek, R.; Electrostatically Directed Assembly of Nanostructured Composites for Enhanced Photocatalysis. Small Methods (2018), 3(8), 1800390.
[9] Ziefuß, A. R., Reichenberger, S., Rehbock, C., Chakraborty, I., Gharib, M., Parak, W. J., Barcikowski, S.; Laser Fragmentation of Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles with High-Intensity Nanosecond Pulses is Driven by a Single-Step Fragmentation Mechanism with a Defined Educt Particle-Size Threshold. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2018)122(38), 22125-22136.
[10] Dong, W., Reichenberger, S., Chu, S., Weide, P., Ruland, H., Barcikowski, S., Wagener, P., Muhler, M.; The effect of the Au loading on the liquid-phase aerobic oxidation of ethanol over Au/TiO2 catalysts prepared by pulsed laser ablation, Journal of Catalysis (2015), 330, 497-506