TUM

TUM

Technical University of Munich

The team

Aliaksandr Bandarenka

W3 Professor

His main topics of research include the design and implementation of functional materials for energy conversion and storage, including electrocatalysts and battery materials. The material design is based on the input from electrochemical surface science and starting from model surfaces. Professor Bandarenka attended Belarusian State University (BSU). He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 2002 and his PhD in 2005, working under the supervision of Dr. G.A. Ragoisha. After completing his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In this role, he worked with Professor H.J.M. Bouwmeester and Professor B.A. Boukamp is on the development of new proton-conducting electrolytes. In 2008, he moved to the Technical University of Denmark, where he worked with Professor I. Chorkendorff and Professor J. Norskov on electrocatalysis for energy conversion. In 2010, he became a group leader at the Center for Electrochemical Sciences (CES, Director: Prof. Wolfgang Schuhmann) at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Since 2014 he has been a professor at TUM.  

Elena Gubanova

Subgroup Leader

She studied chemical process engineering at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia) and completed her jointly supervised PhD with Profs. Drs. V. A. Sadykov and C. Mirodatos in 2008 at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation and IRCELYON (CNRS / Université Claude Bernard Lyon1), Villeurbanne, France. After working as a junior researcher at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, she was awarded in 2010 fellowship at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) with Prof. Dr. M. Muhler. In 2011 she joined the group of Prof. Dr. J. Lercher, and in 2020 the group of Prof. Dr. A. S. Bandarenka at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). Currently, she is a group leader in the same chair. Her research focuses on electrocatalysis for green energy conversion processes. 

Johannes Sterzinger

PhD student

He holds a PhD position working on the optimization of functional materials for a sustainable future. He earned his BSc in Physics with a focus on solid-state batteries in 2021 and completed his MSc in Applied & Engineering Physics at the Technical University Munich (TUM), with a thesis centred on the improvement of aqueous sodium-ion batteries, showcasing his dedication to advancing innovative solutions in renewable energy. Alongside his academic journey, Johannes gained industry experience as a Technology Scout & Project Manager at Munich Network, promoting technology transfer between emerging technologies and the spheres of industry & entrepreneurship. His passion lies in researching innovative energy & catalyst technologies aiming to create eco-friendly and effective solutions that contribute to a sustainable future.

Jian Zhou 

PhD student

He holds a master’s degree from the Ocean University of China, where he specialized in the design of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF)-based Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) catalysts. Following this, he joined Prof. Helmut Colfen’s group at the University of Konstanz, where he researched the synthesis of nanoparticles and their application in electrocatalysis. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bandarenka, focusing on researching efficient catalysts for achieving carbon peaking and carbon neutrality. His fervor is dedicated to further comprehending catalytic processes and their potential applications in fostering environmentally friendly and energy-efficient technologies.  

Huiyu Gai

PhD student

She studied at Shandong Agricultural University in China majoring in Materials Chemistry. In 2021, she obtained her master’s degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry at the Ocean University of China, with a thesis in the rational design of carbon-based catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction. In 2023, she started her PhD at the University of Konstanz, mainly focused on the study of nucleation and growth modes of nanocrystalline materials for electrocatalysis. Since March of 2024, she is part of Prof. Dr. Bandarenka’s group, working in the areas of the development of active electrocatalytic materials and characterization using classical electrochemical, surface science and electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy techniques.

Qingdian Liao

PhD student

He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sichuan University, specializing in plasma modification for the construction of catalyst surfaces and interfaces, with a focus on catalyst design for water splitting. During this time, he also delved into other research areas such as photocatalysis and the development of hydrophilic/hydrophobic interfaces. Currently pursuing his PhD at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) under the guidance of Professor A. S. Bandarenka, Qingdian is dedicated to investigating active electrochemical surface areas using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). His passion is to advance the understanding of electrocatalytic processes and identify the nature of the active site, which contributes to the design of efficient catalysts for green energy conversion. 

Jian Zhou 

PhD student

She is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof.Dr. Aliaksandr Bendarenka at TUM, focusing on electrocatalysis in integrated conversion of nitrate and carbonate. In 2019, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Maastricht University with a focus on chemistry, and her MSc in Chemical Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich Campus Straubing (TUMCS). Her thesis focused on studying the pore size distribution of macroporous ITO electrodes. She was also a HiWi, mainly assisting in the teaching tasks of a bachelor’s and a master’s course on theoretical electrochemistry. Her passion lies in using electrochemical methods to provide sustainable solutions to solve environmental problems. 

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