Composites / Hybrid Materials
Optimizing the materials for electrodes poses a great challenge to battery research. To do this, different methods of preparation—among other things—have to be developed. Many fundamental issues have to be resolved before high-purity products can be produced on a laboratory scale. The electrochemical properties of the materials are determined by their internal structure, down to the atomic level. Both the interface between the electrode and the electrolyte and its properties exert an influence on decomposition reactions, which greatly compromise a battery's performance.
The research group Composites and Hybrid Materials is achieving a fundamental understanding of how electrode materials develop, in order to be able to decisively help develop the next-generation battery.