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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.


Katharina received the Yakov B. Zeldovich Medal "For her contribution to ground-breaking photoelectrochemical experiments in reduced gravitation, demonstrating the potential of solar-assisted oxygen and fuel production for future, long-term, crewed space missions." Her award video can be watched here.


Are you looking for an exciting PhD project? We are currently looking for a PhD student for a joint project with the European Space Agency/Netherlands and EPFL/Switzerland! The project title is Performance Modelling of Photoelectrochemical Devices in Reduced Gravitational Environments. For more information and details about the application, please click here. Start date: October 1st, 2021.

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 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly! 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.