The Electrochemistry Group at ETH was created in 2011 in collaboration with Electrochemistry Laboratory at Paul Scherrer Institute. Our mission is to advance the scientific and technological understanding of electrochemical energy storage and conversion specifically in the context of a sustainable energy system, in which renewable energy is required to be stored in chemicals as e.g., hydrogen and (re-)converted into electricity. Our fundamental and applied R & D, hence, is focused on devices like polymer electrolyte fuel cells, polymer electrolyte electrolysis cells, redox flow batteries and processes like the co-electrolysis of carbon dioxide and water, respectively.
We are bridging the gap between fundamental science and applied engineering by combining both academically as well as industrially relevant questions. For all outlined devices we not only develop fundamental understanding of materials on atomic and molecular level (electrochemical materials sciences and electrocatalysis), but also on the applied development of technical cells and devices, e.g., fuel cell systems.
On all technical complexity levels, we are developing and utilizing advanced in situ and operando diagnostic tools to gain insights on properties and processes from the nanometer to the centimeter scale, respectively.