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Prof. Dr. Rüdiger-A. Eichel
Scientific Director Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung
(IEK-9: Grundlagen der Elektrochemie)
Chair of Materials and Processes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
RWTH Aachen University
Rüdiger-A. Eichel holds a chair for Energy Conversion and Storage at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and is simultaneously scientific director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-9 - Fundamental Electrochemistry) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. In 2014, Prof. Eichel was also elected as director of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), section JARA-Energy and is deputy spokesman of the topic "Electrochemical Energy Storage" within the research program "Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures" (SCI) of the Helmholtz Society.
Prof. Eichel earned his diploma in solid-state physics at the University of Cologne, Germany, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Prof. Eichel was qualified as a university lecturer (venia legendi) in Physical Chemistry at Darmstadt Technical University with a habilitation thesis on "Nano-scale properties of functional ceramics".
Prof. Eichel is panel member of the review board “Physical Chemistry of Solids and Surfaces” of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Furthermore, he is member of the German Physical Society (DPG, section Energy), the German Society for Materials Research (DGM, section Materials for Energy), and the German Chemical Society (GDCh, section Applied Electrochemistry).
Current research interests include fundamental aspects of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. These include in particular, advanced Lithium-ion and post-Lithium concepts for energy storage with batteries, as well as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), high-temperature electrolyzers (SOEC), and co-electrolysis for energy conversion in power-to-X concepts.
panel member of the review board “Physical Chemistry of Solids and Surfaces” of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
deputy spokesman of the Kopernikus-project „P2X – research, validation and implementation of ‚power-to-X‘ concepts“
|since 2015||deputy spokesman of topic "Electrochemical Energy Storage"
research program "Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures" (SCI)
of the Helmholtz Society
|since 2014||vice president of the Functional Materials Society (FMS)|
director of the Jülich- Aachen Research Alliance ( JARA ) , section energy
vice president of the Functional Materials Society (FMS)
full professor of Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen
scientific director of the
Institute for Energy
and Climate Research
section Solid-State Physics / Dielectric Solids
|2006||habilitation and venia legendi in Physical Chemistry , TU Darmstadt|
project leader, DFG
center of excellence (
"Electrical Fatigue in Functional Materials"
|2001||Dr. rer. nat. , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ( ETH) Zurich|
|1998||diploma in physics , University of Cologne|