Dr. Christoph Bäumer works as Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellow of the EU at RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Stanford University in the USA.
“I’m looking for new materials to store energy using hydrogen. In concrete terms, these are catalysts for the electrolysis of water, that is, substances that accelerate the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. Materials used so far, such as platinum, are expensive and rare or too sensitive for continuous operation. We are investigating cheaper alternatives such as nickel oxides, which we manufacture and test at our Jülich plant. We want to understand the processes on the surface of the materials at the atomic level in order to develop stable and efficient catalysts.”
Photos: Forschungszentrum Jülich/Sascha Kreklau