Zukunftsweisende elektrochemische Energiespeicherung


Fichtner, Maximilian

  •   Graduation: Chemistry,

    1980 – 1988,

     Karlsruhe University


  •   PhD: Chemistry,

    1989 – 1992,

     Karlsruhe University



Research Focus

Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications:

  • nanocrystalline materials for hydrogen storage and batteries
  • mechanical and chemical synthesis methods (nanoscale building blocks and nano-composites)
  • thermodynamics/kinetics of nanocomposites
  • size effects in nanoconfined energy materials
  • conversion materials for nanostructured electrodes in batteries



  • Scientific Director of CELEST (Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe) - an R&D platform comprising 46 working groups at Ulm and Karlsruhe (2018)
  • Spokesman of the German Excellence Cluster “Energy Storage Beyond Lithium” (POLiS) (2018)
  • Vice Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (October 2018 – present)
  • Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (June 2015 – October 2018)
  • Member of the core group of the European Flagship activity “BATTERY2030+”
  • Co-ordinator of the FET-OPEN project “LiRichFCC” in HORIZON2020
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the KIT Center "Energy"
  • Vice Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (July 2014 – June 2015)
  • Head of Research Group “Solid State Chemistry” and “Nanomaterials & Nano-/Mikrostructures” at HIU (May 2013 – present)
  • Chairman (2013) of the GORDON Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems in Il Giocco/Italy
  • Vice-Chairman (2011) of the GORDON Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems
  • Spokesman of KIT Topic "Storage and Distribution"
  • Co-ordinator of EU-RTD project "NANOHy" and the EU-ERA-NET project "Hy-CO" in the 7th FP
  • Co-ordinator of the "German-Chinese Sustainable Fuel Partnership" (GCSFP)
  • Member of the International Steering Committee of the International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems
  • Head of Working Group "Energy Storage Systems" at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (2001 – present)
  • Group Leader "Micro Process Engineering" at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (1997 –2000)
  • Assistant to the Board of Directors at Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (1994 – 1997)  


Teaching Experience

  • Professor for Solid State Chemistry at the University Ulm (May 2013 – present)



  • Project Prize (2010) of the International Energy Agency (IEA-HIA)

Selected HIU Publications