Group Leader: Edith Bucher

Edith Bucher is Associate Professor at the Chair of Physical Chemistry at Montanuniverstitaet Leoben and has been working on the development of new materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOECs) since 2000. She has been involved in the synthesis, characterization and optimization of mixed ionic-electronic conducting oxides and developed the methodology for the investigation of fundamental mass and charge transport properties. Since 2008, Edith Bucher's special research focus has been the development of long-term stable and high performance SOFCs, SOECs and RSOCs, which are expected to drive the broad market introduction of these highly efficient and sustainable energy technologies.

Since 2013, Edith Bucher is head of the research group "Functional ceramics for solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide electrolyser cells". In cooperation with national and international research partners, fundamental questions concerning the material design, mass and charge transport properties, electrochemistry, and the detailed aging mechanisms of SOFCs/SOECs are being addressed. The know-how gained is incorporated into application-oriented research within the framework of funded projects in cooperation with scientific partners and industrial partners. The high visibility of the research in the scientific community is evidenced by more than 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and a high number of citations.