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Willibald Dafinger

M. Sc. Willibald Dafinger

PhD Student

Chemical Hydrogen Storage


Telefon: +49 9131 85-20735
E-Mail: w.dafinger@fz-juelich.de


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

Research Interests

Climate Change, diminishing global resources and other earth-damaging mechanisms caused by human nature all make a change in global energy supply and distribution inevitable. The increasing use of renewable energy is a first step towards a more sustainable society. However, the fluctuating nature of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, requires suitable ways to store energy. One approach pursues the goal to store surplus electricity chemically in Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC). LOHC storage systems can compensate shortages in fluctuating electricity production, are able to link local distances between energy production and consumption and LOHCs can be used for mobile applications in trains, ships, lorries etc. A promising approach for mobility applications is the direct use of LOHCs in fuel cells, also known as Direct LOHC Fuel Cell. My task will be to investigate the system 2-propanole / acetone as potential LOHC for fuel cells in mobile applications.

Academic development

  • Chemical Engineering – Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CEN) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg from 2012 until 2018
  • Bachelor thesis at the Institute of Separation Science and Technology (TVT) – Investigation of Hydrogen Solubility in Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC)
  • Master thesis at the Erlangen Catalysis Research Center (ECRC) – Life Cycle Assessment of different Heat Storage Materials and Sustainability Assessment of electricity generation in Germany