Hans-Georg Steinrück

Hans-Georg Steinrück obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg under the preceptorship of Prof. Andreas Magerl in 2015. Since 09/2015 he is a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Dr. Michael F. Toney at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Materials Science Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Hans-Georg Steinrück’s research features two general areas, namely fundamental understanding of basic processes in energy storage and basic research in condensed matter physics.

The first research area is centered on understanding structure-related diffusion in energy storage materials by utilizing simple and well-defined model systems. This is very important as, at present, charge and discharge rates of lithium-ion batteries are diffusion-limited. Hence, pinning down the ion transport and diffusion, and determining, independently, intrinsic and extrinsic limitations in modern battery materials, will ultimately lead to faster charging and longer lasting as well as safer batteries.

In the second area, his activities focus on interface science, in particular on gaining insights in the interfaces between hydrophobic and hydrophilic matter. Here, he addresses the driving forces and structure-determining factors in the formation of thin films, as interfacial interactions between the film and the solid (or liquid) substrate play a key role. Since the evolving complexity of this research area calls for more sophisticated experimental setups, he also works on the improvement of synchrotron-based instrumentation.

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