Materials Chain Seminar Series “Materials and Energy: Challenges and Opportunities”

The Materials Chain Seminar Series “Materials and Energy: Challenges and Opportunities” brings together highly visible researchers across the various fields of materials science who investigate the intricate relationship between energy and materials. “Energy” and “Materials” have an overarching importance for the future development of our society. They are coupled in multiple ways ranging from fundamental science to real-world applications. Analyzing their intricate relationship as energy-materials nexus, however, is a new approach. Because solutions are urgently needed, this field requires intense interaction and collaboration across scientific disciplines and along the entire chain from fundamental science to industrial application.

The seminar series takes places on Thursdays and Fridays, typically from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All lectures are held in the same ZOOM room.
Registration is not required, feel free to join the Seminar Series via

Lectures planned for the upcoming summer term 2022 will be annouced in due time.


Series schedule winter term 2021/2022:

Date Presenter Title
Friday, October 22nd
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Jan Schroers, Yale University, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, USA Combinatorial Materials Science, Data Science, and Machine Learning applied to Complex Materials Discovery and Science
Thursday, October 28th
4:30 p..m.
Prof. Veronica Augustyn, North Carolina State University, Materials Science and Engineering, USA Understanding electrochemical energy storage in transition metal oxides containing structural water
Friday, November 5th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France Digitalization of the battery manufacturing process
Thursday, November 18th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Tobias Kraus, INM Saarbrücken, Strukturbildung, Germany Structure formation in multi-scale materials: from liquid precursors to electronics, batteries, and sensors
Friday, November 19th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Stefan Kaskel, TU Dresden, Anorganic Chemistry, Germany Advanced Carbon Materials for Energy Storage Applications
Friday, December 3rd
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Gabi Schierning, Universität Bielefeld, Dünne Schichten und Physik der Nanostrukturen, Germany Anomalies in the electrical resistivity – how they can be tailored by materials design, and how materials design might be guided by analyzing them
Friday, December 10th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Pat Unwin, University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, UK Quantitative Visualisation of Surface Structure-Reactivity: Next Generation Design of Materials and Processes
Thursday, December 16th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Kornelius Nielsch, IFW Dresden- Institute for Metallic Materials, Germany From Interface Modifications of Thermoelectric Materials towards Tellurium-free Thermoelectric Devices
Friday, December 17th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Ulrike Krewer, KIT, Institut für Angewandte Materialien – Elektrochemische Technologien, Germany Insights into Electrodes via Reaction Kinetic Modeling
Friday, January 7th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Iryna Zenyuk, Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, USA Materials selection for durability in polymer electrolyte fuel cells
Thursday, February 10th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Aimy Bazylak, Thermofluidics for Clean Energy, University of Toronto, Canada Operando imaging and numerical modelling to examine multiphase transport in electrochemical energy conversion
Thursday, March 24th
4:30 p.m.
Prof. Erik C. Neyts, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Belgium Past, present and future of atomic scale simulations for plasma catalysis


About the Materials Chain Seminar Series

On the fundamental physics side, the control of processes under non-equilibrium conditions and the operando analysis of processes in materials and at interfaces will have practical implications for bringing the understanding and discovery of materials and the development of process design concepts to the next level. In the field of materials science, novel functional materials for energy conversion and storage, their synthesis and processing towards usable devices (batteries, water splitting, fuel cells, catalysis, and more) aims at efficient pathways for energy conversion and storage.

This field benefits from a combination of fundamental understanding as well as combinatorial materials discovery and informatics to find new materials that combine application-related efficacy with availability on the level of raw materials. These materials must also demonstrate their capabilities in a device context.

Sustainability aspects require considering the entire chain of synthesis, processing, and application and thus finding optimum solutions through techno-economical multi-criteria analysis. In this context, novel energy- and resource-efficient materials processes are highly relevant for industry such as steel manufacturing, smelting, chemical industries,
as well as for the targeted production of high-performance materials by reduction of the number of processing steps, e.g., through additive manufacturing, and recycling.

Novel high-performance materials, finally, play an enabling role for the engineering of energy-efficient technologies, such as through lightweight high-strength materials for mobility and civil engineering, high-temperature materials for turbine blades, and corrosion-resistant materials for operation under extreme conditions.