KIT/BASF Joint Laboratory BELLA
The development of novel and improved materials for electrochemical energy storage devices is currently one of the most active fields in materials research. BELLA (Battery and Electrochemistry Laboratory), which is funded equally by KIT and BASF SE and belongs to the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT), combines fundamental work with application-driven projects on materials and cell components for next-generation batteries. The equipment of the laboratory allows for a variety of synthetic work, electrochemical characterization of electrode and electrolyte materials, and the investigation of cell properties.
The laboratory is headed both by Prof Dr. Jürgen Janek, division head at INT and head of the institute of physical chemistry at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, and by Dr. Andreas Fischer, BASF’s vice-president of battery research and electrochemistry (Ludwigshafen). Prof. Janek contributes his expertise and know-how in the fields of solid state chemistry and solid state electrochemistry and Dr. Fischer brings his comprehensive experience in applied electrochemistry. In addition to the scientific directors, two lab managers (Dr. Pascal Hartmann/BASF SE, Dr. Torsten Brezesinski/KIT) are in charge of the daily operation of the laboratory, including project planning and organization.
BELLA is part of the scientific network on electrochemistry and batteries established in 2010 by BASF SE. In case of questions (including job inquiries) please contact one of the scientific directors or lab managers.