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C. Kübel

Dr. Christian Kübel

Research Group Leader
Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Research Unit: Nanostructured Materials
Room: 0-101
Phone: 0721/608-28970
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Deputy Head of the Karlsruhe NanoMicro Facility

Principle Investigator at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm

Curriculum Vitae

 since 2013
Deputy Head of the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
 since 2011
Principle Investigator at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm
 since 2009
Group Leader of the Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy group
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
 2005-2008 Group Leader of the Nanostructure and Surface Analysis group
Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, Germany
 2000-2004 Researcher / Senior Application Specialist TEM
Philips Research (Nat.Lab.) / FEI Company, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
 1999-2000 Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. David Martin
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
 Nov. 1999 Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry working for Prof. Klaus Müllen, MPI Polymer Resarch
Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz
 Nov. 1995
Diploma Chemistry, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz


Important Committee Activities

  • Since 2013: Board Member of the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektronenmikroskopie’
  • Since 2013: Member of the Steering Committee of the Helmholtz Programm ‘Science & Technology of Nanosystems'
  • Since 2017: Spokesperson of the AK ‘Electron Tomography’ of the German Materials Research Society (DGM)
  • Since 2017: Member of the DIN Norming Committee Materials Testing


Research Interests

Application and development of new electron microscopy methods for advanced structural characterization in materials science with a particular focus on quantitative imaging in 2D and 3D as well as in situ techniques for a direct correlation between structural changes and physical properties.
Application areas include batteries, LEDs, graphene, polymers, nano composites, catalysts, bulk nanocrystalline metals and metallic glasses.


Selected Publications highlighting the different Research Areas

  • Understanding Graphitization and Growth of free-standing Nanocrystalline Graphene using In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
    C.N. Shyam Kumar, V.S.K. Chakravadhanula, A. Riaz, S. Dehm, D. Wang, X. Mu, B. Flavel, R. Krupke, C. Kübel
    Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 12835- 2842; DOI: 10.1039/C7NR03276E.
  • Radial distribution function imaging by STEM diffraction: Phase mapping and analysis of heterogeneous nanostructured glasses
    X. Mu, D. Wang, F. Tao, C. Kübel
    Ultramicroscopy, 2016, 168, 1-6; DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2016.05.009.

  • An artificial honeycomb structured crystal formed by self-assembly of an asymmetric co-cluster
    C. Ma, H. Wu, Z.-H. Huang, R.-H. Guo, M.-B. Hu, C. Kübel, L.-T. Yan, W. Wang
    Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Engl., 2015, 54, 15699 –15704; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201507237 .

  • Looking Inside a Working SiLED
    F. Maier-Flaig, C. Kübel, J. Rinck, T. Bocksrocker, T. Scherer, R. Prang, A.K. Powell, G.A. Ozin, U. Lemmer
    Nano Letters
    , 2013, 13(8), 3539-3545; DOI:
    10.1021/nl400975u .

  • In situ observation of deformation processes in nanocrystalline face-centered cubic metals
    A. Kobler, C. Brandel, H. Hahn, C. Kübel
    Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 2016, 7, 572–580; DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.7.50

  • Combination of in-situ straining and ACOM TEM: a novel method for analysis of plastic deformation of nanocrystalline metals
    A. Kobler, A. Kashiwar, H. Hahn, C. Kübel
    Ultramicroscopy, 2013, 128, 68-81; DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2012.12.019.

  • Strain mapping of a triple junction in nanocrystalline Pd
    H. Rösner, C. Kübel, J. Ivanisenko, L. Kurmanaeva, S. Divinski, M. Peterlechner, G. Wilde
    Acta Materials, 2011, 59, 7380-7387, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.08.020.
  • CuF2 as Reversible Cathode for Fluoride Ion Batteries
    D.T. Thieu, M.H. Fawey, H. Bhatia, V. S. K. Chakravadhanula, C. Kübel, M. Fichtner
    Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27(31), 1701051; DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201701051.
  • Comprehensive analysis of TEM methods for LiFePO4/FePO4 phase mapping: spectroscopic techniques (EFTEM, STEM-EELS) and STEM diffraction techniques (ACOM-TEM)
    X. Mu, A. Kobler, D. Wang, V.S.K. Chakravadhanula, S. Schlabach, D.V. Szabó, P. Norby, C. Kübel
    Ultramicroscopy, 2016, 170, 10-18; DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2016.07.009.

  • Towards automated diffraction tomography. Part I - Data acquisition
    U. Kolb, T. Gorelik, C. Kübel, M.T. Otten, D. Hubert
    , 2007, 107, 507-513; DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2006.10.007.

  • Recent Advances in Electron Tomography: TEM and HAADF-STEM Tomography for Materials Science and Semiconductor Applications
    C. Kübel, A. Voigt, R. Schoenmakers, M. Otten, D. Su, T.-C. Lee, A. Carlsson, J. Bradley
    Microscopy & Microanalysis
    , 2005, 11(5), 378-400; DOI: 10.1017/S1431927605050361.
  • Influence of Structural Variations on High Resolution Electron Microscopy (HREM) Images of Poly[1,6-di(N-carbazolyl)-2,4-hexadiyne] (polyDCHD) Nanocrystals
    C. Kübel, D. C. Martin
    Phil. Mag. A
    , 2001, 81, 1651-1673; DOI: 10.1080/01418610010009388.
  • Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Functionalized Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronenes
    S. Ito, M. Wehmeier, J. D. Brand, C. Kübel, R. Epsch, J. P. Rabe, K. Müllen
    Chemistry a European Journal, 2000, 6(23), 4327-4342.


 Jan. 1999 - Jul. 2000  Feodor Lynen (AvH) fellowship
 Jun. 1996 - May 1998  Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) scholarship
 Aug. 1993 - Mar. 1994  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship