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Dr Katharina Brinkert Group

Dr Katharina Brinkert Group


The Brinkert Group is broadly interested in artificial photosynthesis systems for the production of oxygen and valuable chemicals such as fuels, but also new molecules which are of relevance e.g., to the pharmaceutical industry. We employ semiconductor-electrocatalyst systems for the solar-to-chemical energy conversion process which we develop and analyze pre- and post-catalysis using surface sensitive techniques such as XPS and optical methods such as AFM, HRSEM and HRTEM to identify compositional and topographical changes after (photo-)electrocatalysis.


From October 2021, the BrinkertGroup joins the ZARM Team with the DLR funded project "Photoelectrocatalytic oxygen and fuel production in microgravity environment" (LiMo). An introductory video to the research activities can be found here.


We always look for new team members! Please get in contact for master's projects, PhD position openings and postdoctoral opportunities! We are also happy to support you with your own scholarship application.


We are at the 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Athens this summer! In the sessions G0.1 Gravitational Effects on Physic-Chemical Processes) and G0.2 (Drop Tower Days) we present our recent findings on how electrocatalyst nanostructures influence the hydrogen gas bubble evolution characteristics on semiconductor-electrocatalyst systems in microgravity environment and how we can use magnets to influence bubble dynamics!