Julian Borowec

Julian Borowec
Juniorprofessur für Angewandte-Grenzflächenelektrochemie (FZ Jülich)


52425 Jülich


Phone: +49 2461 61 96901

Research Interest:

Worldwide a vast amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted into the atmosphere as harmful greenhouse gas. By an electrochemical reduction reaction using energy from renewable sources the CO2 can be used as a basis for valuable products such as fuels or other products of the chemical industry. Consequently, the harmful greenhouse gas CO2 turns into a valuable carbon source and a new value chain is created which contributes to the energy revolution. For an industrial application of the electrochemical CO2 reduction the efficiency of this technology needs to be increased. Thus, electrocatalysis is a key element to efficiently reduce the rather inert CO2. Electrocatalysis bases on several phenomena which are taking place on the nanoscale. Therefore, advanced characterisation methods are required to understand and improve the electrocatalytic processes. Scanning probe microscopy methods can be used to analyse the electrocatalytic activity operando/in-situ. Due to the high spatial resolution of SPMs, the influence of local catalyst conditions such as the surface orientation, the distance between two clusters, steps, or defects on the electrocatalytic activity can be elaborated.