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Hydrogen technology at the University of Bayreuth

Competencies and selected work

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Utilization of hydrogen for energy

  • Energy systems (dynamic modelling, measurements, thermo-economic optimization)
  • Hydrogen as energy carrier (sector coupling, power-to-gas)
  • Hydrogen utilization through combustion
  • Hydrogen utilization for the production of liquid fuels and chemical raw materials using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS)
  • Use of hydrogen for the production of gaseous energy carriers (synthetic natural gas)
  • PEM fuel cells
  • SOFC fuel cells and electrolyzers (materials, electrodes, membranes, systems)
  • Fuel cell systems (modelling, control, optimization)
  • Direct methanol fuel cell

​Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Brüggemann
Engineering Thermodynamics & Transport Processes (LTTT) / Centre for Energy Technolog (ZET)

Research focuses:

  • Energy systems (dynamic modelling, measurements, thermo-economic optimization)
  • Hydrogen as energy carrier (sector coupling, power-to-gas)
  • PEM fuel cells
  • Hydrogen utilization through combustion 

Project examples:

  • Power-to-gas – sector coupling of electricity and gas networks (TenneT TSO; together with Prof. Jess)
  • Thermoeconomic systems analysis of technology using hydrogen and liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) for residential buildings (BayStM für Wirtschaft und Medien, Energie und Technologie, Bavarian Hydrogen Center)
  • PEM fuel cells for automotive applications (Volkswagen and MTU)
  • Laser-induced plasmas for the ignition of hydrogen-air mixtures at high pressures (DFG)

Prof. Brüggemann is a member of the Bavarian Hydrogen Center (BH2C) of the Free State of Bavaria.


​Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Danzer
Electrical Energy Systems (EES) / Centre for Energy Technology (ZET)

Research focuses:

  • Fuel cell systems (modelling, control, optimization)
  • PEM fuel cells
  • Direct methanol fuel cell

Project examples:

  • Investigation of the degradation behaviour in direct methanol fuel cell stacks by varying operating parameters and operating strategy (together with Smart Fuel Cell)
  • Simulation of a fuel cell system in Matlab/Simulink for mapping gas dynamics and dynamic coupling with electrochemistry (together with Liebherr Aerospace)

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

Research focuses:

  • Hydrogen utilization for the production of liquid fuels and chemical raw materials using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS)
  • Use of hydrogen for the production of gaseous energy carriers (synthetic natural gas)

Project examples:

  • Structure and kinetics of iron catalysts in the initial phase of FTS: Combination of Operando-XRD and fixed-bed measurements (DFG)
  • PlasmaFuel - Development of a plasma-supported process for the production of pollutant-free marine diesel by FTS (BMWi)
  • Olefin addition in FTS (Evonik)
  • Power-to-gas - sector coupling of electricity and gas networks (TenneT TSO; together with Prof. Brüggemann)

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


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schafföner
Ceramic Materials Engineering (CME)

Research focuses:

  • SOFC fuel cells
  • PEM fuel cells

Project examples:

  • KOSOS - Cost-optimized stack and improved off-grid system (BMWi, industry)
  • HyRunCell - Development and demonstration of a high-performance fuel cell with innovative composite materials at temperatures ranging up to 130 °C (Bavarian State Ministry for Economy, Regional Development and Energy, Industry; together with Prof. Roth)

Prof. Dr. Roland Marschall
Physical Chemistry III

Research focuses:

  • Synthesis of mesoporous proton conductor and hybrid materials for PEM fuel cell membranes
  • Spectroscopy and gasphysisorption

Project examples:

  • Porous electrospun fibre mats with high proton conductivity for composite membranes (DFG)
  • Development of proton-conducting inorganic-organic hybrid materials as additives for fuel cell membranes (Max Buchner Research Foundation, research grant of Dr. Jana Timm)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Moos
Functional Materials (FM) / Centre for Energy Technology (ZET)

Research focuses:

  • SOFC fuel cells and electrolyzers (materials, electrodes, membranes, systems)
  • electrochemical CO2 reduction
  • Hydrogen sensor technology

Project examples:

  • Various projects on the above mentioned topics (BFS, DFG, industry)
  • ForOxiE² - Oxidation stable and catalytically active materials for "breathing" thermo-electrochemical energy systems (Bavarian Research Association)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christina Roth
Electrochemical Process Engineering (WV) / Centre for Energy Technology (ZET)

Research focuses:

  • Electrochemical energy technology (material and method development)
  • Fuel Cells
  • Electrolysis

Project examples:

  • HyRunCell - Development and demonstration of a powerful fuel cell with innovative composite materials at temperatures ranging up to 130 °C (Bavarian State Ministry for Economy, Regional Development and Energy, Industry; together with Prof. Krenkel)
  • Material optimization for HT-PEM fuel cells (BMBF, HT-Linked)
  • Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in highly alkaline electrolytes (DFG, FOR 2397)
  • In-situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy of HT-PEM fuel cells (DFG, OperaCell)

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