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Physics of Energy Conversion and Storage

Prof. Aliaksandr Bandarenka

Research Field

We conduct research in the area of the physics of energy conversion and storage. The main topics include the design and implementation of functional materials and a better understanding and characterization of electrified interfaces. The material design is based on a bottom-up approach using input from electrochemical surface science and starting from model surfaces.


James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching b. München

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Offers for Theses in the Group

Finding Active Electrocatalytic Sites with Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Using hydrogen as a fuel would provide a sustainable and worldwide accessible energy system based on abundant resources and zero emission. But in order to let the dream of a hydrogen economy become true, suitable and high-performing catalysts have to be identified and developed. Commonly, theoretical models and calculations are employed to gather information on the geometric structure of an optimal catalyst and its active sites. In our group, we developed as an experimental supplement, the use of a conventional scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to in-situ identify active sites.


Content of this experimental Master thesis is to apply this technique on different materials and to ideally achieve atomic resolution. Experience with STM is helpful, but not required. Good academic background but also haptic sensitivity are desirable. If you’re interested, please send an e-mail with a short introduction of your person and scientific background.


Contact: Regina Kluge (

suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Condensed Matter Physics
  • Master’s Thesis Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics
  • Master’s Thesis Applied and Engineering Physics
Supervisor: Aliaksandr Bandarenka

Current and Finished Theses in the Group

Proving the Existence of Space-Charge-Layers in Solid Li+ Conductors
Abschlussarbeit im Masterstudiengang Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)
Themensteller(in): Aliaksandr Bandarenka
Investigation of Space-Charge Layer effects ion ionic conductors with Impedance Spectroscopy
Abschlussarbeit im Masterstudiengang Physics (Applied and Engineering Physics)
Themensteller(in): Aliaksandr Bandarenka
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