New profs at the Research Center Future Energy Materials and Systems

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Three new professorships have been filled in Bochum and Duisburg-Essen, two of them with top-class female researchers. Gabi Schierning has held an RC FEMS professorship at the University of Duisburg-Essen since February 2023. Previously, she was a professor of experimental physics at Bielefeld University. “In addition to studying materials science and engineering, I have also researched fundamental questions in experimental solid-state physics,” she outlines. “My experimental research focuses on electron transport in solids. Optimised electron transport is essential in many energy materials, which is why I am a good fit for RC FEMS. Specifically, I’m currently studying the role of electrons in phase transformations of metals.” Gabi Schierning didn’t find it at all difficult to relocate to the Ruhr region. She’d already completed her habilitation at the University of Duisburg-Essen. “During that time, I got to know the university, many colleagues and also the Ruhr region, and I really enjoyed coming back,” she says. In her own words, the Research Alliance Ruhr and specifically the RC FEMS offer her “an excellent research environment, especially with the appointment of several top-class scientists to push the boundaries of research in material design.” At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the two new professorships are held by Silvana Botti and Miguel Marques. Silvana Botti's research focus is on the theory of