April 2021:
The new publication of first author Nino Schön with the title „Signal Origin of Electrochemical Strain Microscopy and Link to Local Chemical Distribution in Solid State Electrolytes“ DOI: 10.1002/smtd.202001279 is now featured on the Nanosensors blog.

January 2021:
Julian Borowec started his PhD in our group. His research will be on electrocatalytic processes and the elechtrochemical CO2 reduction. A warm welcome and good luck with your research!

January 2020:
We didn’t have to miss him for long, welcome back Philipp Veelken to your PhD graduation in our group. He will continue his research on all-solid-state hybrid electrolytes.

November 2019:
Philipp Veelken successfully submitted and defended his master thesis. Congratulations on the passed exam and good luck with your upcoming challenges!

October 2019:
We would like to welcome Beatrice Wolff of the University of Bonn. She is starting her PhD graduation about lithium-metal as anode material for batteries. Good luck with your thesis!

July 2019:
Justin Charron returned home after his three month internship. Best of luck over there in Canada!

May 2019:
Justin Charron of the University of Calgary started an internship as part of the UROP program of the RWTH.
At the same time Philipp Veelken started his master thesis about hybrid electrolytes in all-solid-state lithium-batteries.
Both a warm welcome and good luck with your research!

April 2019:
A new Bruker Dimension Icon AFM was acquired.

December 2018:
Svenja wins a scholarship of the E.ON – Stipendienfonds for a research stay at NTNU, Norwegian University of Sciene and Technology, for three months. Congratulations Svenja and enjoy your stay abroad!

September 2018:
Svenja has received financial support by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and Arbeitsgemeinschaft elektrochemischer Forschungsinstitutionen (AGEF) for participating at the „Electrochemistry 2018“ in Ulm and AiMES conference of the Electrochemical Society in Cancun, Mexiko. Many thanks! Svenja has been accepted for oral presentations of her work at both conferences. Congratulations and Good luck, Svenja!

Nino has received financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to participate at the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Bologna. Nino will give a talk about his current results. Congratulations and Good luck, Nino!

June 2018:
Johannes Braun has successfully finished his master thesis on „In-situ Investigations of Aluminum-Silicon Alloys for Metal Air Batteries via combined Atomic Force Microoscopy and Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy“. Congratulations Johannes! Thank you very much for your work and we wish you all the best for your future. Maybe we see you again.

Florian Hausen presents our current results on Electrochemical Strain microscopy (ESM) on solid state electrolytes at the IMLB2017 in Kyoto, Japan. The IMLB is the most important conference in the lithium ion battery field. Financial support is coming from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Thank you very much!

April 2018:
Nino Schöns first paper as first author entitled „Correlative electrochemical strain microscopy and scanning electron microscopy for local characterization of the solid state electrolyte Li1,3Al0,3Ti1,7(PO4)3“ has been published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.9.148. Congratulations Nino! It is open access.

Florian Hausen has been invited to deliver a talk at the Workshop „Battery innovation through Advanced Characterisation“ in Coventry, UK.

February 2018:
Florian Hausen has received an invitation to give a talk at SES 2018. He will speak in the symposium „Mechanics and Electrochemistry of Energy Materials“ organized by Bai-Xiang Xu and Matthew McDowell about our results in October.

December 2017:
Succesful conference on ionic liquids in Bad Honnef: Our group wins two poster prizes at the 655. WE-Heraeus Meeting, Ionic Liquids.

August 2017:
Nina Balke and Florian Hausen are organizing the 649. WE-Heraeus Seminar in Bad Honnef. Many well-known speakers from Germany and abroad will discuss on „In-operando characterization of energy materials“

July 2017:
Nino Schön is at the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, USA, for a research stay of several weeks. Financial support comes from the HITEC graduate student program at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Thank you! Enjoy your stay and god luck, Nino!

May 2017:
Thomas Beuse has succesfully finished his master thesis „Rasterkraftmikroskopie der Mikro- und Nanostruktur unterschiedlich korrodierter und entladener Anoden in Silizium-Luft-Batterien“. Congratulations Thomas! Thank you very much for your work and we wish you all the best for your future! Thomas moves to the MEET – the battery research centre of Uni Münster.

April 2017:
Svenja Benning has won the poster prize at the Faraday Discussion on „Chemical Physics of Electroactive Materials“ in Cambridge, UK, for her poster entitled „in-situ atomic force microscopy experiments under electrochemical load“. Such a success directly with your first results! Congratulations!

November 2016:
Arnaud du Baret has finished his master thesis „Characterization of the contact surface between the anode and the ionic liquid in metal-air batteries with AFM and electrochemical methods“ in our group. Thank you very much! We wish all the best and good luck for the future!

December 2016:
Our new AFM is installed inside the glove box. Therefore, experiments in an controlled atmosphere are now feasible and we can start our regular research.