“Advanced Catalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion“ – ACAMEC

IMPRS-RECHARGE 4th Symposium

From April 24 – 27, 2023, the fourth IMPRS-RECHARGE Symposium will be held under the title: “Advanced Catalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion” – ACAMEC”. The symposium on catalytic techniques for energy and transportation systems is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of energy and the environment. With a focus on optimization and upscaling of current approaches to industrial standards, the symposium brings together experts from academia and industry to share their findings and breakthroughs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in catalyst technologies as well as key challenges in the field. The event also provides a platform for PhD students to present their own research and interact with experts in the field.

A wide range of topics will be covered, including the generation, distribution, storage and consumption of energy in a decentralized manner, as well as advanced batteries and energy storage materials. The event will also explore the economics and environmental aspects of current catalytic approaches on a larger scale.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding and network with some of the leading minds in the field.

Further information and registration:


CENIDE members in current edition of the NMWP magazine

Articles by Franziska Muckel as well as Friedrich Waag and Sven Reichenberger

The current edition of the Magazine for Nanotechnology, Microsystems Engineering, New Materials, Photonics and Quantum Technology (NMWP) also features two articles by CENIDE members. First, Franziska Muckel writes about the potentials of MHPs in photonics and optoelectronics in her article “Metal halide perovskites with tunable optical properties for tomorrow’s optoelectronics”, and second, Friedrich Waag and Sven Reichenberger wrote the article “The power of light – catalyst design with lasers” about a scalable and automatable laser process for the design of low noble metal catalyst materials. The articles can be read at the links below.

Further information:

Article by Franziska Muckel

Article by Friedrich Waag and Sven Reichenberger

Microstructural Functionality at the Nanoscale Workshop in Venice, Italy

3rd MiFuN in a series

From June 8 to 9, 2023, the workshop “Microstructural Functionality at the Nanoscale” (MiFuN III) will take place in Venice for the third time. The workshop is organized by CENIDE members Prof. Dr. Markus Winterer (UDE) and Prof. Dr. Dietrich Wolf (UDE) and Prof. Dr. Umberto Anselmi-Tamberuni (University of Pavia).

MiFuN II is the third in a series of international workshops on the time dependence of structural features at the nanoscale. It covers recent research topics with strong impact on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Mechanisms for microstructural evolution range from the formation of defects, their transport, growth and transformation, to segregation, sintering and cooperative mechanisms including the controlled manipulation of grain boundaries and other microstructural elements in nanocrystalline materials. These mechanisms can lead to novel dynamic functionality, such as resistive switching or self-healing and are also determining the lifetime of nanostructured devices such as batteries or solar cells.

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New analytical method for nanoparticles developed

Cubes more efficient than spheres

A new study by the group led by Prof. Dr. Kristina Tschulik, head of the Chair of Electrochemistry and Nanoscale Materials at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, was able to prove that cube-shaped nanoparticles are more efficient than spherical ones. This experimental finding of the Bochum group could be confirmed by the cooperation partners around CENIDE member Prof. Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva from the University of Duisburg-Essen within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center/Transregios 247. This could pave the way for the development of more efficient and cost-effective catalysts for green hydrogen production.

Kristina Tschulik (left) and Hatem Amin are studying nanoparticles as catalysts for green hydrogen.

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Currently, the water splitting process is limited by the lack of efficient, long-lasting and low-cost catalysts. Most active electrocatalysts are based on expensive noble metals such as iridium, ruthenium or platinum. Researchers are studying catalysts in the form of base metal oxide nanoparticles that are a million times smaller than a human hair. These nanoparticles vary in shape, size and chemical composition.

The research group has developed a method to analyze individual particles directly in solution. This allows them to compare the activity of different nanomaterials and thus understand the influence of particle properties such as shape and composition on water splitting. Their results show that cobalt oxide particles in the form of single cubes are more active than spheres, which have multiple facets. “The findings on the relationship between particle shape and activity lay the foundation for the knowledge-based design of suitable catalyst materials and thus for the transformation of our fossil energy and chemical industries toward a circular economy based on renewable energy sources and highly active, long-lived catalysts,” says Kristina Tschulik, head of the Department of Electrochemistry and Nanoscale Materials at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The work was funded by the German Research Foundation.

Further information:

Prof. Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva, Tel. 0203 379 2238, rossitza.pentcheva@uni-due.de

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UDE Theme Day on March 2, 2023

“Research for Sustainable Solutions@UDE”

With the UDE theme day “Research for Sustainable Solutions@UDE”, the UDE launches its strategy process sustainability and starts with research: exciting impulse lectures from the fields of energy, water, health, mobility as well as transformation and communication await you. Following the presentations and in world cafés in the afternoon, the impulses and other aspects can be discussed and deepened in an interdisciplinary way. As a large scientific institution, the UDE is developing a sustainability concept that includes three strands of action that are to be aligned, coordinated and networked in such a way that the knowledge and actions of the UDE have an impact:

1. Research for Sustainable Solutions@UDE – Our science is creative and innovative. What scientific solutions do we provide to combat climate change, for better use of energy and raw materials, and for a future-proof life, among other things?

2 Teaching Sustainable Solutions@UDE – The graduates of the future – we are committed to education for sustainable development!

3. Practicing Sustainable Solutions@UDE – We are shaping our campus, working on it and living on it in a way that positively impacts the sustainability balance of the region!

Applications are open until February 16, 2023. Please find the program below.

Further Information:

To registration

UDE Theme Day “Research for Sustainable Solutions@UDE ” – Program:

09.30 a.m. Welcome by the Rector Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert

09.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Topic block Energy  

Prof. Dr. Harry Hoster / Prof. Dr. Christoph Weber: 

“Energy technologies, energy markets and climate neutrality”

10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Topic block Water  

Prof. Dr. Bernd Sures / Prof. Dr. Florian Leese: 

“Water systems at risk – interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development” 

Coffee break

11.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Topic block Health 

Prof. Dr. Susanne Moebus / Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasem: 

“Climate and Sustainability – Consequences for Public Health and Health Care Systems”

Lunch break

1.30 p.m. to 2.15 p.m. Topic block Mobility

Prof. Dr. Dirk Wittowsky / Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche: 

“Sustainable mobility and logistics structures”

2.15 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Topic block Transformation and Communication 

Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr / Dr. Cornelia Ulbert:

“Social-ecological transformation and climate communication” 

Coffee break

15.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs Worldcafé I  

4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Worldcafé II 

5.30 p.m. Summary and conclusion 

Moderation: Dr. Martin Florack, Science Campus NRW, Oberhausen

CENIDE Peer Mentoring Program 2023

Mentoring is defined as helping and advising another person, and within a peer group supporting each other is the main goal!

The brand new CENIDE Peer Mentoring Program is a program to support you as early career researchers (PhD students & Postdocs) in reaching a self-defined personal goal within the period of one year. It is also more than a standard Mentoring Program, it gives the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and to build your own scientific network. It will start in March 2023 and a registration is now possible!

Within this program we will form peer groups consisting of 4-5 mentees and 2 experienced CENIDE mentors from different disciplines (junior group leaders from Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Medicine Departments). Within the peer groups, you can get support to reach your personal goal through the experiences of the mentors, but also from your other group members! Therefore, you will be in both roles, the one of a mentee, who seeks advice, but also in the role of a mentor, who gives advice and support. The goals can be all different, for example: build up a community, boost your project and time management, finish your PhD or current project, attending the first big conference or writing the first funding proposal, etc..

The overall goal is to accompany you in reaching that self-defined personal goal, but also self-development, boost of your confidence, training of important soft skills like negotiation and team leading, but also in (self-) presentation or networking.

There will be fixed appointments with all participants and mentors like the Kick-Off Meeting in March 2023, a Training Day with workshops and seminars, a Two-Day Retreat, a Christmas Theme Party and the Final Ceremony where you will get a certificate for your participation. Additionally, you will meet with your peer groups on a regular basis (about six times during this one-year period).

For registration, please fill out a short registration form (which you can get from Miriam Böhm), send a current CV and a short motivational letter (including your expectations on the program and first ideas for your personal goal) to Miriam Böhm via e-mail: miriam.boehm@cenide.de

Registration deadline is January 27th, 2023. 

If you have any kind of question or simply want more information on the CENIDE Peer Mentoring, please reach out to Miriam Böhm as well.

UDE professor encourages charity run

Raising awareness for breast cancer sufferers

On May 14, a charity run will take place in the Bürgerpark in Dorsten under the motto “Fighting breast cancer together”. The impetus for the run came from CENIDE member Prof. Dr. Khadijeh Mohri and her family, who recently overcame the disease themselves. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about breast cancer and collect donations. In addition to information and conversation opportunities for breast cancer patients, friends and family, self-help opportunities and wigs will be available. The proceeds will go to the breast center at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Dorsten and the support association of the breast center at the Evangelische Kliniken Gelsenkirchen.

© Petra Berkenbusch

The event was the brainchild of Prof. Dr. Khadijeh Mohri, who was at the peak of her career when she discovered a lump in her breast in November 2021. She had to inform her colleagues, superiors and her two children about her breast cancer diagnosis. Having overcome the disease, she and her family are hopeful for a cancer-free future. However, the family wants to continue to raise awareness about breast cancer.

On January 14, the website www.brustkrebshilfe-dorsten.de will open for registration for the sponsored run. The run is embedded in numerous information and conversation opportunities for breast cancer patients, their friends and family members. The donations will go to the breast center at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Dorsten and to the support association of the breast center at the Evangelische Kliniken Gelsenkirchen. Ali Abdali, Mohri’s husband, said, ” Both have many patients from Dorsten, so their services, which go beyond mere treatment, also benefit Dorsten residents.” Chief physician Dr. Simone Sowa is part of the team of medical experts who will be available on May 14 to provide information about the charity run. But it will also be about self-help offers or wigs.

Three running distances will be offered: 800 meters (start at 10:30 a.m.), 2,500 meters (start at 11 a.m.) and 5,000 meters (start at 11:30 a.m.). Walkers and fast runners are equally welcome. The registration fee is 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for children.

Further information:

To the original article of the Dorstener Zeitung


Quantum Tech Workshop at CENIDE

Experts to present latest research on February 24th

Quantum technologies is an emerging field of engineering, physics, and computer science encompassing technologies that rely on the properties of quantum mechanics, especially quantum entanglement, quantum superposition, and quantum tunneling. Researchers and experts in the field of quantum technologies are invited to participate in the CENIDE Quantum Tech Workshop on February 24, 2023 from 1 – 4 p.m at the NETZ 2.42. The event, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 9 but had to be canceled due to the cyberattack, will focus on discussing the latest development and research in quantum technologies.

The workshop will feature talks by researchers from CENIDE, UDE and Frauenhofer IMS from a variety of disciplines, including physics, engineering and computer science, on topics such as quantum computing, sensors, cryptography, simulation, measurement and imaging. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own research experiences in quantum technologies in a short 5-minute talk.

All those interested in the field of quantum technologies are invited to learn about the latest advances and exchange ideas with other experts in the field.

Further information and registration:

Dr. Tobias Teckentrup, tobias.teckentrup@uni-due.de

ICAN user meeting 2023

ICAN invites you to the sixth ICAN user meeting on Wednesday, February 08, 2023, from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm in the NETZ Research Building (Room 2.42).

This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about ICAN and to directly address and clarify questions in an open discussion. The aim of the event is to strengthen and further improve the communication between users and ICAN. Whether you are a student, PhD student, postdoc or professor, you are all welcome to attend this event.

Please note: The annual participation in the safety instruction is still obligatory for all users who perform work in the ICAN microscopy center (user operation). Without this instruction, users lose the authorization to perform work in the user operation. Therefore, please approach ICAN in advance if you are unable to attend the above-mentioned date.

Please sign up until Friday, 03.02.2023, via the following link: https://forms.gle/FP82xioqL5ww5FR27

Further information:



Nanoparticles and Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment – NanoPorT

The SYNGOPRO project and organizing committee are pleased to invite researchers and experts to the first SYNGOPRO Workshop on Nanoparticles and Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment – NanoPorT. The event, which will be held on January 26, 2023, will be held entirely online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The workshop will feature keynotes from Prof. Dr. George Iliakis of the University Hospital Essen, Prof. Dr. Inge Hermann of ETH Zurich and Prof. Dr. Oliver Jäkel of DKFZ Heidelberg. Participants can also look forward to discussions, poster presentations and an online networking opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge.

The workshop will be held in English, and international researchers are also welcome to attend and present their latest findings.

The event is intended to provide an opportunity for professionals in the field to learn about the latest advances in nanoparticles in biomedical research, proton therapy, and cancer treatment, as well as to discuss challenges and future perspectives in these areas.

Registrations to Maike Müller at maike.mueller@uni-due.org with name, surname, institution and mail address.

 Further information:

Maike Müller, maike.mueller@uni-due.org