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M. Sc. Florian Speck

PhD Student

Electrochemical Energy Conversion


Telefon: +49 9131 85-20257
E-Mail: f.speck@fz-juelich.de


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

Research interest

An important premise for scalable and affordable electrocatalysis is the long term stability, as well as the price and the abundance of an electrocatalyst’s raw material. I'm investigating the stability of platinum group metal (PGM) free or at least PGM deficient electrocatalysts for various electrocatalytic conversions, to hopefully contribute towards cheap and durable materials for renewable energy applications like hydrogen storage and fuel cells. Due to the thermodynamic properties of PGM free materials my work mostly involves alkaline electrochemistry connected to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP MS) for dissolution studies, as well as surface analysis techniques like X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) since PGM-free materials often undergo versatile redox transitions on the surface.

Academic Development

  • 2017 – present: Doctoral Student at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
  • 2017: Guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf
  • 2014 – 2016 M. Sc. In Chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
  • 2016: Master Thesis at the University of British Columbia, Prof. C. P. Berlinguette, Vancouver
  • 2015: Research Internship at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Prof. B. V. Lotsch, Stuttgart
  • 2015: Research Internship at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Prof. T. Bein, München
  • 2010 – 2014 B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017: Best poster award at the international summer school for Multifunctional Smart Coatings and Surfaces
  • 2016: Scholarship of the Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München) for international research activities


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