Dr. Stefanie Arnold was selected to attend the 2024 edition of the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. She is one of only 650 young scientists selected in a highly competitive process from across the globe. This year, the topic is physics and Stefanie’s positive energy and visionary research perspective will enrich the LINO24!

Congratulations to Stefanie! Her poster “High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries with High Stability Derived from Titanium-Oxide- and Sulfur-Loaded Carbon”, a direct result from our collaboration within the FWF-DFG project SPHEROGELS, won 2nd place in the Energy Category at the 2024 RSC Poster competition!

Link to the original publication: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.3c16851

Behnoosh Bornamehr has successfully defended her thesis with the title “Derivatization and design of transition metal oxides and sulfides for advanced and sustainable battery technology”.

Welcome to our new Ph.D. student Chiraz Layouni! She will be working on electrospinning of next-generation electrode materials.

Welcome new Postdoc Mingren Liu! He will be working on nanoporous materials and advanced supercapacitors. Welcome to the team!

Welcome visiting CSC scholars Bin Wang and Yun Liao! Both will be working on advanced electrochemical desalination technologies along the water/energy research nexus. Welcome aboard!

Very happy to announce that Jean Gustavo takes up the mantle of responsibility and will support the continued growth of our team in the role as Deputy Group Leader! We are looking forward to working with him in his new role to push forward our research at the energy / water / sustainability nexus.

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We are very happy that Delvina Tarimo (PhD) has been awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation! Delvina will be carrying out work on nanoconfinement and lithium-sulfur batteries. Congratulations, Delvina, and thanks for choosing the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials and our team for your research!

Stefanie Arnold has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis “Next generation (hybrid) battery materials at the water/energy/recycling nexus”. Congratulations, Dr. Arnold!

Welcome new Postdoc Jian Zhou, who will be working on electrochemical desalination with us.

Lei Wang has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Faradaic materials and processes for the electrochemical separation of alkali and alkaline earth metal ions”. Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

Welcome new postdoc Dr. Gracita Tomboc! With past experience at Myongji University, Korea University, and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, we are excited about our upcoming joint work on energy and electrochemistry.

Welcome new AMASE Students Peter Burger and Maria Holmström! AMASE is an international Master’s program and an amazing opportunity to study not just materials science but to do so in multiple European cities! Both will be working on novel materials and methods for electrochemical desalination. Welcome to the team!

Welcome new Ph.D. student Liying Xue! Liying is from Guangxi University, China, and will be working on high entropy materials

Welcome to our team, Prof. Dr. Syed Tauqir Ali Sherazi! Having been awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he will be working on next-generation water remediation technologies. Our visiting Fellow is Professor at COMSATS University Islamabad Abbottabad Campus in Pakistan.

Very happy to see both Behnoosh Bornamehr and Mohammad Torkamanzadeh winning in the essay competition on open science / open data of Saarland University! This makes for a 100% win rate for applicants from our team 😉 Open access is not without challenges and caveats and the journey toward a world of true open science remains a high goal for the future. I am happy to see that our students actively engage in the conversation and contribute their valuable insights and share their experience!

Volker Presser was honored for the work on electrochemical water remediation and Lithium-ion extraction by the City of Saarbrücken. Read more about the event and all awardees.

It is a privilege to receive, after 2018 and 2021, the recognition as 2022 Highly Cited Researcher (HRC) by Clarivate. Only 6,938 out of abut 8M researchers have received this recognition. Citation numbers are not the most important parameter in science, but I am grateful to our team and collaborators that the community so well receives our works. I am also honored to be the only 2022 HRC of Saarland University and only 1 of 2 if counting the University Hospital, too.

I am honored to receive the 2022 Zhaowu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry. This award by the International Society of Electrochemistry recognizes the achievements in the field of electrochemistry for energy of my team and I. I am fortunate to join the list of awardees which includes from past years Xiangfeng Duan (2017), Fabio la Mantia (2018), Zhichuan (Jason) Xu (2019), and Joaquín Rodríguez-López (2021). Coming in the year of my 40th birthday and the 10-year-anniversary of being a PI at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, I am grateful to not just my team but also our esteemed collaborators, especially dear friends such as Michael NaguibGuang FengChristian PrehalYury GogotsiVeronica Augustyn, and so many more!

Welcome to our new Postdoc Dr. Kaitlyn Prenger! Kaitlyn is a graduate of Tulane University from the esteemed team of Michael Naguib and will work on novel 2D (and other) materials for sustainable electrochemical applications.