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Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Schröder Application must be preceded by recognition: Operando experiments and model-based analysis of electrochemical energy systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Schröder, Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig, will give his inaugural lecture “Dem Anwenden muss das Erkennen vorausgehen (application must be preceded by recognition): Operando experiments and model-based analysis of electrochemical energy systems” on

Thursday, 3 November 2022, at 17.00,
Aula, Pockelsstr. 11, Haus der Wissenschaft, 38106 Braunschweig.

Applied research at the interface of engineering and electrochemistry is indispensable in order to successfully shape the imperative energy transition in Germany and the world. This requires not only further advances in material development and production, but also constant development of methods to gain insight into the energy systems used, such as batteries, fuel cells or electrolysers.

Loosely based on Max Planck’s “Application must be preceded by recognition”, the inaugural lecture gives an overview of state-of-the-art operando techniques and simulation methods for the complementary assessment of performance, lifetime and undesired reactions in electrochemical energy systems. Examples from the fields of batteries and water electrolysis, which can be used to produce hydrogen, are used to illustrate the advantages of the combined approach. The knowledge gained is to be transferred to other electrochemical energy systems of the next generation in the future.

About the person

Daniel Schröder studied process engineering at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, including an practical semester at Unilever in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, and his diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg on the modelling and experimental analysis of direct methanol fuel cells. He received his doctorate with distinction in zinc-oxygen batteries from TU Braunschweig in 2015 and then worked as a junior research group leader on next-generation batteries at the Justus Liebig University Giessen’s Institute of Physical Chemistry until the beginning of 2021. In 2017, a research stay took him to Kyoto University, Japan. Since 2021, he heads the Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering at TU Braunschweig. His research focuses on the fundamental understanding and optimisation of electrochemical energy systems, such as metal-oxygen batteries and redox flow batteries, as well as fuel cells and electrolysers, through a combination of model-based analyses and measurement techniques during operation.