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Sandbeck Daniel

M. Sc. Daniel Sandbeck

PhD Student

Electrochemical Energy Conversion


Telefon: +49 9131 85-20257
E-Mail: d.sandbeck@fz-juelich.de


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

Research interest

Research focuses on one of the primary degradation mechanisms of low temperature polymer electrolyte memebrane fuel cell (PEMFC) electrocatalysts: platinum dissolution, spanning from fundamental systems and state-of-the-art to advanced new materials. By using our on-line SFC-ICP-MS technique, facet dependent transient dissolution trends of low index Pt single crystal model systems have been discovered which may be used to predict the stability of promising shape-controlled nanoparticulate catalysts. For state-of-the-art materials the dependence of dissolution on key design parameters have recently been elucidated. In promising new advanced materials, synthetic techniques to increase catalyst stability via decreased dissolution have been identified, while in some cases unexpected and complex degradation mechanisms have been exposed. By studying the dissolution of PEMFC electrocatalysts, critical aspects of materials design and experimental considerations for engineers and scientists can be revealed.

Academic Development

  • 2007-2012: B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemistry at the University of Regina, Canada
  • 2010: Research Assistantship in Organic Synthesis at the University of Regina, Canada
  • 2011-2013: Research Assistant at the Regina Computational Chemistry Laboratory, Canada
  • 2013-2016: M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology at Ulm University, Germany
  • 2013-2016: Research Assistant at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage, Germany
  • 2016-2017: Guest Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research, Germany
  • 2016-: PhD Candidate in the Electrocatalysis group at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, Germany

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2010: Canadian Cancer Society Student Assistantship, Academic Silver Prize
  • 2011: Undergraduate Research Award, Canadian Society of Chemistry Silver Medal (highest academic standing), Hypercube Scholar Inc. Award for Scholastic Excellence in Chemistry
  • 2012: Academic Silver Prize


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