Wilkening group @ ICTM in 2022; (c) AGW - TU Graz

Solid-State Physical Chemistry and Energy Science

The Wilkening group focusses on the characterization and development of new materials for modern energy storage systems. Emphasis is put on spectroscopic studies to shed light on micro- as well as macroscopic transport processes in crystalline as well as amorphous solids. In particular, we use solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and conductivity spectroscopy to investigate short- as well as long-range ion dynamics in crystalline, nanocrystalline and amorphous phases. See www.lithium.tugraz.at for further information.

Currently a Junior Researcher is working in the Wilkening group. Ass. Prof. Dr. Ilie Hanzu focusses on nanostructred materials for energy storage.
 

(c) Lunghammer 2019

H. Martin R. Wilkening (Head of the Institute, member of the Senate) studied chemistry at the University of Hannover where he completed his Ph.D. thesis (summa cum laude, 2005) on "Ultraslow ionic motions in solids - NMR studies on lithium-ion conductors" under the supervision of Prof. i.R. Dr. Paul Heitjans. Subsequently, he was employed as a scientific co-worker in the same group and from 2008 as "Akademischer Rat a. Z.". In June 2011 he submitted his habilitation thesis to obtain the venia legendi in physical chemistry (mentor P. Heitjans). Shortly thereafter he accepted a full professorship at the Graz University of Technology (Austria) and received the venia docendi in solid state chemistry. In 2012 the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Battery Research was founded. Since 2016 HMR is director of the institute and a member of the senate of the TU Graz.

Awards: Over the course of his doctoral and postdoctoral studies HMR has been awarded several honors, such as the "Starck-Promotionspreis" of the German Chemical Society (GDCh, 2006), Wissenschaftspreis Hannover (2006), a research grant in the frame of "Wege in die Forschung II" of the Leibniz University Hannover (2009) and the "ADUC-Jahrespreis 2009 für Habilitanden" of the GDCh (2010).

Editor: Solid State Ionics

Reviewer activities: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), FFG (Austria), EU H2020, NWO (The Netherlands), ANRS (France), AvH Stiftung (Germany), ... several other European funding agencies and research councils.

Reviewer for journals: J. Phys. Chem. C, Chem. Mater., ACS Appl. Mater. Interf., Inorg. Chem., Solid State Ion., PCCP, Dalton Trans., Nature Mater., Nature Commun., Angewandte Chem., JACS, ACS Energy Mater., Adv. Mater. Interf., and many more.

Research interests in keywords

energy/battery materials, solid state diffusion, ion dynamics (Li, Na, F ion conductors), amorphous and nanocrystalline solids, glasses, insertion materials, NMR spectroscopy (relaxation, stimulated echo correlation spectroscopy (SAE)), impedance/conductivity spectroscopy, solid state electrochemistry, mechanochemistry, non-equilibrium phases

publications (full list) Google scholar Scopus

The group:
Current projects

  • still active for us: DFG research unit 1277:
    Mobilität von Lithium-Ionen in Festkörpern (molife)
  • SafeBattery (FFG, SFG): Solid electrolytes and all-solid-state batteries
  • IMAGE (EU, H2020): Realization of solid-state batteries (partner CIC, RWTH). 
  • BonuS: FFG project on breathing and swelling in LIBs (AVL Graz)
  • CERES: FFG project, Li-S batteries (AVL Graz)
  • SafeLIB: FFG comet project on ageing pocesses in LIBs (VSI, Audi, Porsche, Daimler))


Finished projects

  • CD-Labor: Christian Doppler-Labor für Lithium-Batterien
    Alterungseffekte, Technologie und Neue Materialien
  • Research Studio Austria: Advanced and Innovative Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • DFG SPP 1415: Kristalline Nichtgleichgewichtsphasen
    Project: Mechanochemistry of non-equilibrium oxide and fluoride phases


Current group members

Administration: Karin Krasser (karin.krassernoSpam@tugraz.at)

Assistants, Seniors:

  • Ass.-Prof. Dr. habil. Ilie Hanzu (maître-assistant)
  • Dr. Bernhard Gadermaier (Senior Scientist, Senior Assistant to Prof. Wilkening)
  • Dr. Alexandra Wilkening (Senior Assistant)
  • Dr. Lukas Ladenstein


PhD candidates/PostDocs and their topics:

Katharina Hogrefe    Na/Li ion dynamics in soft ceramics,
translational/rotational dynamics
Jonas Spychala Argyrodite-type solid electrolytes and Li-S cells,
solid state spectroscopy, ion dynamics in Li2OHCl
Olha Skurikhina Erasmus PhD student,
nanostructured electrolytes
Thomas Scheiber Nanostructured ceramics and composites
Ageing of batteries (safeLIB)
Anna Jodlbauer Solar cells and batteries,
New nanocrystalline Li ion conductors
Florian Stainer Solid electrolytes for new energy storage systems
2D ionic conductors


Diploma students / MSc students: 

Chrisoph Mandl
Annika Marko
Alexander Komar (supervisor I. Hanzu)
Manuel Pölzl (extern, ViF)
Katharina Shickle (extern JR)

Technicians and Co-workers:

Veronika Pregartner
Mathilde Frießnegg
Christina Albering
Birgit Ehmann
Lukas Troi (mechanical workshop)
Margareta Maierhofer
Rosina Kerschbaumer

see also staff of the institute

PhD students supervised by HMR Wilkening [current affiliation, if known]:

Dr. Lukas Ladenstein [AVL Graz]
Dr. Maria Gombotz [RHI Magnesita]
Dr. Bernhard Gadermaier [TU Graz]
Dr. Roman Zettl [AVL Graz]
Dr. Marina Brinek [Magna]
Dr. Martin Philipp [Ceram Austria GmbH]
Dr. Sarah Lunghammer [AVL]
Dr. Patrick Posch [Wirnsberger&Lerchbaum, Patentanwälte, Leoben]
Dr. Bernhard Stanje [EPCOS, TDK]
Dr. Florian Preishuber-Pflügl [Schunk Hoffmann Carbon Technol.]
Dr. Walter Schmidt [Samsung]
Dr. Patrick Bottke [Uni Oldenburg]
Dr. Viktor Epp
Dr. Andreas Dunst [Magnifin]
Dr. Dominik Wohlmuth [VoestAlpine]
Dr. Julia Langer [Samsung]
Dr. Harald Brandstätter
Dr. Rafael Janski [Infineon]
Dr. Marlena Volck (Uitz) [AVL]
Dr. Stefan Breuer [EPCOS, TDK]
Dr. Denise Tapler (Prutsch) [AVL]
Dr. Lukas Schafzahl 
Dr. Isabel Hanghofer [AVL]
Dr. Caroline Hiebl

For more information, please visit the website of the group: www.lithiumnmr.wordpress.com

Wilkening group @ ICTM in 2016; (c) Lunghammer - TU Graz

Former MSc and diploma students, BSc students and guests visited us

Dipl.-Chem. P. Bottke
Dipl.-Ing. M. Uitz
Dipl.-Ing. L. Schafzahl
Dipl.-Ing. D. Prutsch
Dipl.-Ing S. Breuer
Dipl.-Ing. P. Posch
Dipl.-Ing. S. Lunghammer          
Dipl.-Ing. C. Hiebl
Dipl.-Ing. M. Brinek
Dipl.-Ing. L. Ladenstein
Dipl.-Ing. M. Gombotz
Dipl.-Ing. M. Philipp
Dipl.-Ing. R. Zettl
Dipl.-Ing. M. Piskernik
Dipl.-Ing. G. Schrotter
Dipl.-Ing. H. Kühnle
Dipl.-Ing. S. Eisbacher
Dipl.-Ing. P. Hofmann
Dipl.-Ing. T. Müller
Dipl.-Ing. I. Diem
MSc F. Flatscher
MSc V. Reisecker
MSc E. Kuhnert
MSc M. Häusler
MSc A. Jodlbauer
MSc A. Kügerl
MSc L. Schweiger

BSc M. Steiner
BSc T. Merl
BSc F. Stöger
BSc S. Maljuric
BSc S. Eckhart
BSc F. J. Strauss
BSc L. Schweiger                 
BSc C. Hiebl
BSc A. Jany
BSc L. Kern
BSc D. Toller
BSc R. Hueber
BSc M. Gombotz
BSc D. Toller
BSc. F. Flatscher
BSc D. Scherzer
BSc H. Kühnle
BSc F. Feyersinger
T. Mesko
BSc E. Kuhnert
BSc M. Dulle

guests of the group:

Olha Skurikhina
(Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice,
2020-2022)

Pavan Badami, MSc
(Arizona State University, USA, 2019)

Prof. Reuben Hudson, Fulbright Professor
Colby College, USA, 2017/2018)

Paula Sanchez Fontecoba, MSc
(CIC Spain, 2014/2015)

Jose R. Gonzalez, MSc,
ordoba University, Spain, 2015)

Dr. Martin Fabián
Slovak Academy of Sciences,
Kosice, 2014)

Prof. Dr. M. Gaberscek
(National Institute of Chemistry,
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013)

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  Research topics

materials

  • ion dynamics/diffusion in solids (transport of Li, Na, H, and F)
  • solid electrolytes for batteries
  • nanocrystalline ceramics
  • nanoglasses
  • nanostructured anode materials
  • insertion materials
  • biotemplated (cathode) materials
  • non-equilibrium phases
  • two-phase composites/hybrid materials

phenomena

  • dimensionality effects
  • nano-size effects
  • interfacial effects
  • order/disorder
  • coupling of translational with rotational dynamics

methods (method development)

  • solid-state NMR, SAE-NMR
  • broadband conductivity spectroscopy
  • electrochemical testing
  • mechanochemistry

  Awards of the group

  PhD theses

  Equipment, our labs

  Teaching activities