May 2024: New bachelor student Leonie Preis

In May Leonie Preis joined our group as a bachelor student. Leonie studies Energy Technology at MUL. Her research will focus on preparation and characterization of composite air electrodes for solid oxide electrolyzer cells within the FFG-project "Design-SOEC".

April 2024: Barbara wins PhD baking competition "Dissertation Dessert"

On 29.04.2024 Barbara received the 1st Prize in MUL's PhD baking competition "Dissertation Dessert" for her contribution: Super outstanding edible cake (SOEC) for delicious energy storage and conversion.

March 2024: Edith was nominated for the STEIRERIN Awards 2024

Edith was selcted for the shortlist of the STEIRERIN Awards 2024 in the category "Die Visionärin".

March 2024: New project student Benjamin Engelhart

In March Benjamin Engelhart joined our group as a project student. Benjamin studies Energy Technology at MUL. His research will focus on new surface activation methods for electrodes of electrochemical solid oxide cells.

February 2024: New master student Martin Hatzl

In February Martin Hatzl joined our group as a master student. Martin studies Energy Technology at MUL. His research will focus on new high-entropy electrode materials for improving the performance of electrochemical solid oxide cells within the FFG-project "Design-SOEC".

January 2024: Christina's new paper was published in Solid State Ionics

C. Nader, J. Lammer, A. Egger, C. Berger, W. Sitte, W. Grogger, R. Merkle, J. Maier, and E. Bucher: Phase composition and proton uptake of acceptor-doped self-generated Ba(Ce,Fe)O3-δ – Ba(Fe,Ce)O3-δ composites, Solid State Ionics (2024) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2024.116474.

December 2023: Edith was nominated for the SPIRIT-Award for Women in Science

More than 100 female researchers in STEM disciplines in Styria submitted their applications for the "SPIRIT-Award for WOMEN in SCIENCE".

Edith was selcted for the shortlist in the category "Senior Scientist, Fundamental Research".

November 2023: New master student Phillip Geiersberger

In november Phillip Geiersberger joined our group as a master student. Phillip studies Energy Technology at MUL. His research will focus on new current collector/electrode designs for improving the performance of solid oxide electrolysis cells within the FFG-project "Design-SOEC".

October 2023: Autumn School - Inorganic electrochemical reactors for sustainable chemicals, fuels and power production

Barbara participated in the Autumn School 2023 - Inorganic electrochemical reactors for sustainable chemicals, fuels and power production - in Valencia, Spain, and presented a poster.

October 2023: Jakob obtained his Master's Degree

Jakob Plattner, MSc (fourth from left) passed his Master's exam IET on 02.10.2023 with distinction. Congratulations!

September 2023: 7. GÖCH Symposium "Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Austria"

Barbara, Andreas and Sarah participated in the 7th GÖCH Symposium "Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry" at Vienna Technical University and presented posters and talks.

August 2023: Andreas' new paper was published in Fuel Cells

A. Egger, S. Eisbacher-Lubensky, K. Sampl, V. Subotić, C. Hochenauer, W. Sitte, and E. Bucher: Pr- and Co-substitution in rare earth nickelates – application as SOEC air electrodes. Fuel Cells (2023) https://doi.org/10.1002/fuce.202300037

August 2023: New PhD student Mehmet Aksoy

Mehmet Aksoy joined our group as a PhD student. He will be working on new materials for solid state electrolysis cells within the FFG-project "Design-SOEC".

July 2023: Patrick's new paper was published in Fuel Cells

P. Pretschuh, A. Egger, R. Brunner, and E. Bucher: Electrochemical and microstructural characterization of the high-entropy perovskite La0.2Pr0.2Nd0.2Sm0.2Sr0.2CoO3-δ for solid oxide cell air electrodes. Fuel Cells (2023) https://doi.org/10.1002/fuce.202300036.

July 2023: 2nd Symposium on Hydrogen and Carbon

Patrick Pretschuh and Barbara Buxbaum presented recent results from their PhD theses at the 2nd Symposium on Hydrogen and Carbon in Leoben.

May/June 2023: Christina & Edith attended the 2023 EMRS Spring Meeting

Christina Nader and Edith Bucher visited Strasbourg (F) and presented a talk and a poster at the 2023 EMRS Spring Meeting / Symposium A.

May 2023: Sarah's new paper was published in Solid State Ionics

S. Eisbacher-Lubensky, A. Egger, W. Sitte, and E. Bucher: Oxygen exchange and transport properties of the first-order Ruddlesden-Popper phase La2Ni0.9Co0.1O4+δ. Solid State Ionics 397 (2023) 116255, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2023.116255

April 2023: Christina, Edith (and Christoph) attended the 2nd Materials Science Colloquium

Christina Nader and Edith Bucher presented talks at the 2nd Materials Science Colloquium (67. Metallkunde-Kolloquium) in Lech am Arlberg, Austria.

April 2023: Start of the new FFG-project Design-SOEC

Our new project "Knowledge-based design of solid oxide electrolysis cells for optimized hydrogen production (Design-SOEC)", funded by "Klima- und Energiefonds/Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)" within the 8th Call "Energieforschung", started on 01.04.2023. The aim of the project is to develop solid oxide electrolyzer cells with optimized core components and improved reliability, energy efficiency and lifetime. Our cooperation partners are Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH and AVL List GmbH.