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Hydrogen technology at the University of Bayreuth

Competencies and selected work

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Production of hydrogen

  • Hydrogen production by gasification of biomass (wood pellets) and by dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons
  • Electrolysis
  • Photocatalytic production of hydrogen 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jess
Chemical Process Engineering (CVT) / Centre for Energy Technology (ZET)

Research focuses:

  • Hydrogen production by gasification of biomass (wood pellets) and by dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons

Project examples:

  • Methanization of carbon oxide-containing fuel gases for the conditioning of feed gases for fuel cell devices and H2 storage (TAO research training group)
  • Dehydrogenation of n-paraffins (Evonik)

Prof. Jess is a member of the selection committee for the research programme “Innovationslabore für Wasserstofftechnologien” of the State of Lower Saxony.


Prof. Dr. Rhett Kempe
Inorganic Chemistry II - Catalyst Design

Research focuses:

  • Hydrogen production by photocatalysis
  • Design of new catalytic reactions in which hydrogen is released and CO2 (diluted in air) is converted into important chemical compounds

Project examples:

  • SFB 840
  • Normal DFG (German Research Foundation) procedure for two current projects

​Prof. Dr. Roland Marschall
Physical Chemistry III

Research focuses:

  • Nanostructured and ordered-porous photocatalysts for the production of green hydrogen
  • Nanostructured photoelectrode thin films for solar energy conversion
  • Investigation of semiconductor properties and charge carrier dynamics using extensive spectroscopic methods

Project examples:

  • New materials as photocatalysts for solar water splitting (BaCaTeC)
  • Mesoporous mixed oxides and composites for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting
  • Iron-based semiconductor oxides for sustainable solar energy conversion

Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Biomaterials (BioMat)

Research focuses:

  • Photocatalytic production of hydrogen 

Project examples:

  • Continuous hydrogen production by photocatalytic water splitting using Janus fibres and spider silk nonwovens (DFG)

Prof. Dr. Anna Schenk
Junior Professor for Colloidal Systems

Research focuses:

  • Electrocatalytic water splitting
  • Material development (bio-inspired crystallization, nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, electro-crystallization)

Project examples:

  • Nanostructured cobalt oxide materials for electrocatalytic water splitting (DFG, SFB 840-TP B9)
  • In-situ small and wide angle X-ray scattering at electrochemical energy systems

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