Ten years Energy Materials Group 🥳

5.3 Million seconds. 87,660 hours. 10 years. But who is counting😅

Time flies by fast when you are busy. Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the Energy Materials Group, my work family, and home away from home. Starting after returning from Yury Gogotsi‘s team (where I served as Humboldt Fellow and Research Assistant Professor) on June 1st, 2012, I had the privilege of creating my own group thanks to a 3.6 M€ starting grant from Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials. We quickly diversified in topics at the energy/water research nexus, ranging now from supercapacitors to batteries, from capacitive deionization to desalination fuel cells, from ionic charge storage to ion separation. A strong backbone of our team is the ability to go all the way from material synthesis and characterization to in situ testing and (small) device benchmarking. I am grateful to our teams many alumni and alumnae, the wonderful people in our current great team, and the amazing people I am yet to meet and work with. I am very grateful to our collaborators and partners in research and science. I will abstain from giving a complete list, but I would be amiss not to mention a few very special collaborators (in alphabetical order): Doron Aurbach, Veronica AugustynGuang FengMarkus GalleiYury GogotsiFrank MücklichMichael NaguibChristian PrehalPatrice SimonMatthew Suss.

What will we be working on over the course of the next 10 years? I always tell students: the topic you may become famous for may be on a material who you have not hear from yet 😉 So I will refrain from any specific speculation here since we all know “time makes fools out of us all”. We will continue to advance our research on sustainable materials, energy materials recycling, control over ion selectivity, and high performance beyond-lithium energy storage technologies. And to push forward with our industry collaborators to transfer our next-next-generation materials and processes into applications. I cannot wait for it!

Let me close with a few accomplishments of our team from the last 10 years:

220 Peer review publications
6 Nature publishing group publications
16,489 total citations (23,662 if you include <2012)

19 Current group members
68 Alumni and alumnae

158 Conference presentations
45 Seminar talks
78 Poster presentations

53 H-index (60 if you include <2012)

10 Finished Ph.D. Theses
15 Finished Master Theses
5 Finished Bachelor Theses

9,793,132 € in research funding

4 Fellowships for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
1 ARCHES award
1 Bayer Foundation award
1 Leibniz Dissertation award
1 Umsicht Science award