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Pascal Kaiser

Pascal Kaiser

PhD Student

Electrochemical Energy Conversion


Telefon: +49 9131-12538180
E-Mail: p.kaiser@fz-juelich.de


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

Research interest

Recognizing that climate change is a global problem, fuel cells have been identified as they could play a central role in the sustainable, energy-based society of the future. Due to the high energy density of the proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), they are considered particularly promising. In an interdisciplinary research project we are investigating catalyst layers by using a novel gas diffusion electrode (GDE) setup. With this setup it is possible to evaluate catalyst layers in relevant potential ranges without mass-transport limitations.

The focus of my research will be on advanced catalyst support materials. Thereby the structure-performance-relationship will be investigated to gain deeper insights into mass transport phenomena in catalyst layers for low Pt metal PEMFC.

Academic Development

  • 2020 – present: Doctoral Student at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, Erlangen, Germany
  • 2020: Master thesis at HARTING Stiftung & Co. KG, Espelkamp, Germany
  • 2019: Exchange student at University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
  • 2018 – 2020: M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
    Thesis: Electrochemical analyses to clarify and evaluate the corrosion of zinc alloys
  • 2016 – 2018: Student research assistant in the department of instrumental analytical chemistry (IAC) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
    Topic: Investigation and evaluation of new and established methods of wastewater treatment
  • 2015 – 2018: B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
    Thesis: Studies on the plasmon-induced reduction of 4-nitrothiophenol to 4-aminothiophenol on silver nanoparticles
  • 2012 – 2015: Apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant at BASF PharmaChemikalien GmbH & Co. KG, Minden, Germany


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