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Dr Katharina Brinkert

Dr Katharina Brinkert

Dr Katharina Brinkert
Assistant Professor in Catalysis




Research Summary

Brinkert Group LogoThe Brinkert Group is interested in (photo-)electrocatalytic processes for chemical and fuel production in terrestrial and microgravity environments. (Photo-)electrocatalysis is an interdisciplinary field touching physical and inorganic chemistry, semiconductor physics and materials science. The group focuses on the development and investigation of semiconductor-electrocatalyst systems which can electrochemically and sustainably convert earth-abundant feedstocks into value-added chemicals and fuels utilizing sunlight. We are very interested as well in taking our terrestrially developed solar-to-chemical systems into space: an efficient and reliable water-splitting device for oxygen production combined with a fuel producing part utilizing only water, carbon dioxide and sunlight in analogue to natural photosynthesis presents a huge possibility to realize long-term space travel.

We are always keen to extend our team! Please get in touch if you are interested in a master’s project, PhD or postdoctoral work and check our website for recent openings.


Selected Publications

    (1) Brinkert K.*, Akay Ö., Richter M. H., Liedtke, J., Fountaine, K. T., Lewerenz, H. J., Giersig, M (2019). Experimental Methods for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production in Microgravity Environment. J. Vis. Exp. (154), e59122. doi:10.3791/59122.

    (2) Brinkert K.*, Richter M. H., Akay Ö., Liedtke J., Gierisig M., Fountaine K. T., Lewerenz H. J. (2018). Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production in Microgravity Environment. Nat. Commun. 9 (2527). doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04844-y

    (3) Brinkert, K. (2018). Energy Conversion in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis, SpringerBriefs in Chemical Physics. Springer International Publishing AG. ISBN 978-3-319-77980-5

    (4) Brinkert K.*, Richter M., Akay Ö., Giersig M., Katherine T. Fountaine, Lewerenz H. J. (2018). Advancing Semiconductor-Electrocatalyst Systems: Application of Surface Transformation Films and Nanosphere Lithography. Faraday Discuss., 208, 523-535. doi: 10.1039/C8FD00003D

    (5) Brinkert K., De Causmaecker S., Krieger-Liszkay A., Fantuzzi A., Rutherford A. W. (2016). Bicarbonate-induced Redox Tuning in Photosystem II for Regulation and Protection. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113 (43) 12144-12149. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608862113

    (6) Mersch D., Lee C.-Y., Zhang J. Z., Brinkert K., Fontecilla-Camps J. C., Rutherford A. W. & Reisner, E. (2015). Wiring of Photosystem II to a Hydrogenase for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (26), 8541-8549. doi: 10.1021/jacs.5b03737

    (7) Pullen S. & Brinkert K.* (2014). SolEn for a Sustainable Future: Developing and Teaching a Multidisciplinary Course on Solar Energy to Further Sustainable Education in Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 91 (10), 1569-1573. doi: 10.1021/ed400345m.