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M. Fichtner

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fichtner

Associated Group Leader, Spokesman of the Cluster of Excellence POLiS
Energy Storage Systems
Research Unit: Nanostructured Materials
Room: 0-448 or c/o Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
Phone: 0721/608 25340 or 0731/50-34201 (HIU)
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Nanotechnology
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany



M. Fichtner


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Research Experience

  • Vice Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (October 2018 -- present)
  • Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (June 2015 – October 2018)
  • Vice Executive Director at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (July 2014 – June 2015)
  • Head of Research Group “Solid State Chemistry” and “Nanomaterials & Nano-/Mikrostructures” at HIU (May 2013 – present)
  • Head of Working Group "Energy Storage Systems" at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (2001 – present)
  • Group Leader "Micro Process Engineering" at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (1997 –2000)
  • Assistant to the Board of Directors at Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (1994 – 1997)


Teaching Experience

  • Professor for Solid State Chemistry at the University Ulm (May 2013 – present)


Co-ordination and Memberships

  • Scientific Director of CELEST (Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe)
  • Spokesman of the German Excellence Cluster “Energy Storage Beyond Lithium” (POLiS)
  • Member of the core group of the European Flagship activity “BATTERY2030+”
  • Co-ordinator of the FET-OPEN project “LiRichFCC” in HORIZON2020
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the KIT Center "Energy"
  • Spokesman of KIT Topic "Storage and Distribution"
  • Co-ordinator of EU-RTD project "NANOHy" and the EU-ERA-NET project "Hy-CO" in the 7th FP
  • Co-ordinator of the "German-Chinese Sustainable Fuel Partnership" (GCSFP)
  • Member of the International Steering Committee of the International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems
  • Vice-Chairman (2011) of the GORDON Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems
  • Chairman (2013) of the GORDON Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems in Il Giocco/Italy

Chairman (2013) of the GORDON Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems in Il Giocco/Italy

GRC13(Ewa Ronnebro, Chaolin Wu, and Maximilian Fichtner
with the GRC conference cake)


Research Focus

Research Focus

Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications

  • nanocrystalline materials for electrochemical storage

  • mechanical and chemical synthesis methods (nanoscale building blocks and nano-composites)

  • thermodynamics/kinetics of functional nanocomposites

  • size effects in nanoconfined energy materials

  • conversion materials for nanostructured electrodes in batteries




TV reports on our activities can be found here:

3SAT Nano (early hydrogen activities).

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