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Young Investigator Group Electrochemical Conversion

Projects & Funding

The group was initiated in the framework of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group programme with the support of the Helmholtz Association's Innovation and Networking Fund and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.

EU project: FlowPhotoChem


FlowPhotoChem - Heterogenous Photo(electro)catalysis in Flow using Concentrated Light: modular integrated designs for the production of useful chemicals. We lead a work package targeting the development of flow cells and electrocatalysts for the electrochemical conversion of CO to added-value products. www.flowphotochem.eu, @flowphotochem. European project 862453. (2020-2024)

HEMF: Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry


The Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF) is a large-scale collaborative research-and-development platform dedicated to the synthesis of new and improved materials for energy conversion and storage applications. We lead the sub-project "Catalyst development for CO2 reduction".

Helmholtz Climate Initiative

Within the Helmholtz Climate Initiative (https://www.helmholtz-klima.de/, @klimainitiative) we participate in the Mitigation project on Circular Carbon Approaches. With KIT and HZB PVcomB, we are studying the concept of buildings integrated with photovoltaics, direct air capture of carbon dioxide, and on-site conversion to valuable liquid products. (2019-2021)

DFG project: Hybrid Interfaces for Photoelectrochemical CO₂ Conversion (HYPEC)

PEC CO2 reduction

Project HYPEC is a collaboration with EPFL (Switzerland) and Université Grenoble Alpes (France) in the DFG Solar Driven Chemistry programme. We study the combination of semiconductor photoelectrodes with molecular and/or polymeric electrocatalysts for light-driven CO2 conversion. DFG project 428712064 (2020-2023)

DFG project: Photoelectrochemical CO₂ conversion with tunable semiconductor nanostructures

In collaboration with the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik and the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels, we study the influence of semiconductor electronic structure and morphology on light-driven CO2 conversion selectivity using ordered nanowire arrays of (In,Ga)N with well-defined, tunable properties (composition, doping, morphology). DFG project 442704684 (2020-2023)

BMBF project: DEPECOR - Direct efficient photoelectrocatalytic CO₂ reduction

© Matthias M. May

Supported by the BMBF CO2WIN programme, the DEPECOR project aims to combine highly efficient multi-absorber structures with CO2 electrocatalytic conversion components into a device capable of efficient standalone solar-driven CO2 conversion to high-value chemicals. The project brings together a strong German consortium and a network of international associated partners. (2020-2023)