The Wilkening group focusses on the preparation, characterization and functionalization 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, nanostructured as well as amorphous or glassy 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 a variety of functional materials that are relevant for, e.g., battery applications.
Currently a Senior Researcher is working in the Wilkening group. Ass. Prof. Dr. Ilie Hanzu focusses on nanostructred and porous (MOFs) materials for energy storage.
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 (ausgezeichnet), 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 served as a member of the senate of the TU Graz until 2022.
2005 Dr. rer. nat. in Physical Chemistry, University of Hannover (Germany) advisor P. Heitjans
2011 Habilitation (Dr. habil.) in Physical Chemistry, University of Hannover (Germany)
2011 Full Professor at the TU Graz (Austria)
2012 Director of the Christian Doppler lab 'Materials for Lithium Batteries'
2016 Director of the Institute (ICTM) at the TU Graz
2023 Vice Dean of the Faculty TCVB / Prodekan
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 Editor: Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Energy (2024)
Reviewer activities: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), FFG (Austria), NWO (The Netherlands), ANRS (France), SNF (Switzerland), AvH Stiftung (Germany), EU, ERC ... several other European funding agencies, research councils and universities all over the world.
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., MRS Bull., 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
Administration: Karin Krasser (karin.krassernoSpam@tugraz.at)
PhD candidates/PostDocs and their topics:
Na/Li ion dynamics in soft ceramics,
Argyrodite-type solid electrolytes and Li-S cells,
Nanostructured ceramics and composites
Solar cells and batteries,
Solid electrolytes for new energy storage systems
Ultrafast Dynamics in Li-Ion Conductors
Diploma students / MSc students:
Technicians and Co-workers:
see also staff of the institute
PhD students supervised by HMR Wilkening [current affiliation, if known]:
Dr. Lukas Ladenstein [AVL Graz]
Dr. Maria Gombotz (Klinser-Gombotz) [RHI Magnesita]
Dr. Bernhard Gadermaier [TU Graz]
Dr. Roman Zettl [AVL Graz]
Dr. Marina Brinek (Fuchs) [Magna]
Dr. Martin Philipp [IBIDEN Ceram GmbH]
Dr. Sarah Lunghammer [AVL Graz]
Dr. Patrick Posch [Wirnsberger&Lerchbaum, Patentanwälte, Leoben]
Dr. Bernhard Stanje [EPCOS, TDK, AVL Graz]
Dr. Florian Preishuber-Pflügl [Schunk Hoffmann Carbon Technol.]
Dr. Walter Schmidt [Samsung]
Dr. Patrick Bottke [Anton Paar, Uni Oldenburg]
Dr. Viktor Epp
Dr. Andreas Dunst [Magnifin, Magnesita, ams OSRAM]
Dr. Dominik Wohlmuth [VoestAlpine]
Dr. Julia Langer [Samsung, Wolfram Bergbau u. Hütten AG]
Dr. Harald Brandstätter [AEA, SAP, Wiener Linien]
Dr. Rafael Janski [Infineon]
Dr. Marlena Uitz (Volck) [AVL]
Dr. Stefan Breuer [EPCOS, TDK Electronics]
Dr. Denise Prutsch (Tapler) [AVL]
Dr. Lukas Schafzahl
Dr. Isabel Hanghofer [AVL Graz, Varta Innovation]
Dr. Caroline Hiebl [AT&S, Samsung]
For even more information, please visit the alternative website of the group: www.lithiumnmr.wordpress.com
methods (method development)
Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials
Institut für Chemische Technologie von Materialien
Head | Leitung
Prof. Dr. Martin Wilkening
S tremayrgasse 9
A-8010 Graz - Austria
for initial contact:
(Assistant to Prof. Wilkening)
phone +43 316 873-32331
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