Structure-function correlations

Prof. Jennifer Strunk 

In this research group we focus on gaining a deep understanding of the underlying photophysical, catalytic and electrochemical processes in order to create a basis for the targeted development of photocatalysts and application concepts with regard to potential large-scale implementation.

Various methods of spectroscopy, particularly IR spectroscopy under reaction conditions, and electrochemical characterization are used to study the optoelectronic and catalytic properties and to follow the charge carrier dynamics. In order to examine all these parameters, the group also cooperates with other working groups that have the appropriate, specialized methodologies. The aim is to identify precisely those structural and electronic properties of the photocatalyst that are responsible for a high photocatalytic activity. With this knowledge an even more efficient catalyst should be synthesized in a targeted way.