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Energy Conversion - Materials to Mechanisms

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Energy Conversion: Materials to Mechanisms

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bein

Summer Semester 2014

The results of the lecture ´Energy Conversion` are available now. Please check the hang out at the showcase in building E 0.

The exams can be seen on Wednesday 13th August 14 from 10°°-11°° in E 3.051 (kitchen).

The second exam will take place on Monday 11th August, from 9°° - 12°° in D 0.001.

Please send a short registration message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline: Friday, August 8th


Kick-off Meeting:

Tuesday, April 8

from 13.15 to 15.00, E0.011

The sustainable generation and storage of usable energy is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. In this course we will initially discuss the global energy landscape and traditional technologies as a starting point for the treatment of selected sustainable energy conversion strategies. The focus will be on the physicochemical foundations and recent materials developments addressing these challenges.

Emphasis will be placed on solar energy conversion with photovoltaic devices including classical semiconductor, excitonic and third generation solar cells, and the generation of solar fuels through photoelectrochemical and artificial photosynthesis concepts. Moreover, we will address the mechanisms and materials for electrochemical energy storage using batteries and capacitors, as well as different types of fuel cells. It will become apparent that for many of these technologies the controlled generation of functional nanostructures is at the heart of recent and expected future progress.