Research Area A


Energy Autonomy

Deliberate change between physical states consumes energy, and so do the adaptive processes conceived by livMatS. To be truly autonomous, materials systems should harvest the energy that they require for adaptation or self-healing from their immediate environment, and they should be able to convert and store it for later use. Research in livMatS focuses on three different sources for clean energy: solar, thermal, and mechanical energy.

The harvested energy will either directly power functionalities of the materials systems, or be converted into, stored, and used as electrical energy. In addition, interconversion and storage into mechanical and chemical energy is also envisaged. Internal control over energy uptake, storage, and distribution will be achieved by the installation of chemical, structural, and microsystem-based regulatory networks, so that energy is available in an appropriate form exactly when and where it is needed. All these functionalities should be an integral part of the materials systems. This unprecedented combination of functional principles and their seamless and non-interfering integration poses a great challenge for the conception and development of fabrication technologies.


Coordinators Research Area A
Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer, Prof. Dr. Peter Woias


Projects within Research Area A

  • Inorganic and Organic SolStore
  • Thermo BatS - Thermoelectric Battery Systems
  • Interfaces, charge-transfer and non-adiabatic processes and their exploitation in a frequency-tunable tribogenerator
  • NANOTRET: Nano‐micro‐structured permanently charged surfaces for electret nanogenerators
    This project is a collaboration between research area A and Demonstrators.
  • Correlating redox properties of organic materials with triboelectric chargeseparation – from basic understanding to novel materials for efficient triboelectric energy harvesting
  • Development, characterisation and integration of flexible solar modules as energy supply unit in a livMatS demonstrator
    This project is a collaboration between research area A and Demonstrators.

Compact Projects 2020

  • Oxidic double perovskites A2MM’O6 and its 2D variants as possible materials for the rechargeable photo cell
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Harald Hillebrecht
  • Development of a novel electrolyte system for a photocharging battery system
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing
  • Hydrogenase-Electrode-Hybrids towards enzymatic proton production for ATP Synthases
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
  • Porosity- and charge storage tailoring in mesoporous nitrogen doped carbon nanospheres
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
  • Tuning the physicochemical properties of porous carbon materials as electrode materials for redox-flow batteries
    This project is a collaboration between research areas A and B. Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer

Booster Projects 2021

  • Advanced Materials and Electrodes for the Development of Photocaps and Photobatteries
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
  • MAX and MXene phases from molten metals and molten salts as active electrode materials for photosupercapacitors, photobatteries and photoelectrochemical actuators
    Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Harald Hillebrecht and Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
  • Electrolyte and Cathode Active Material Adaption to the Needs of Photo(assisted) Charging of Photobatteries
    Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing
  • Highly flexible triboelectric strain sensors
    This project is a collaboration between research area A and Demonstrators. Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Peter Woias
  • Nanostructured and surface functionalized titania surfaces for triboelectric generators
    Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Peter Woias and Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer