Research Area A

Research Area A will develop materials-integrated concepts for energy harvesting, storage, management and distribution. An unprecedented combination of functional principles, materials and fabrication technologies will be applied to address a seamless and non-interfering integration of multiple functionalities into one materials system, with the highest level of functional integration possible. We will harvest from three energy forms:

  1. optical (solar radiation),
  2. thermal (heat sources and fluxes),
  3. mechanical energy (vibration, sound, shock/acceleration).

The realized harvesters will operate in either static or adaptive modes. In line with today’s concept of energy harvesting, the harvested energy will be converted (primarily) into electrical energy. In addition, harvested ambient energy will be directly fed into a materials system, to be used there without intermediate conversion. The energy provided will be used to power the respective functions of a living materials system, including adaptivity and longevity.


Projects within Research Area A

  • Inorganic and Organic SolStore
  • Thermo BatS - Thermoelectric Battery Systems
  • Interfaces, charge-transfer and non-adiabatic processes and their exploitation in a frequency-tunable tribogenerator
  • NANOTRET: Nano‐micro‐structured permanently charged surfaces for electret nanogenerators
    This project is a collaboration between research area A and Demonstrators.
  • Correlating redox properties of organic materials with triboelectric chargeseparation – from basic understanding to novel materials for efficient triboelectric energy harvesting
  • Development, characterisation and integration of flexible solar modules as energy supply unit in a livMatS demonstrator
    This project is a collaboration between research area A and Demonstrators.

Compact Projects 2020

  • Oxidic double perovskites A2MM’O6 and its 2D variants as possible materials for the rechargeable photo cell
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Harald Hillebrecht
  • Development of a novel electrolyte system for a photocharging battery system
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Ingo Krossing
  • Hydrogenase-Electrode-Hybrids towards enzymatic proton production for ATP Synthases
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Anna Fischer
  • Porosity- and charge storage tailoring in mesoporous nitrogen doped carbon nanospheres
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Anna Fischer
  • Tuning the physicochemical properties of porous carbon materials as electrode materials for redox-flow batteries
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Anna Fischer