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Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol

Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol

Roel van de Krol is head of the Insitute for Solar Fuels at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), and professor at the Chemistry Department of TU Berlin. After earning his PhD from TU Delft in 2000 and a postdoctoral stay at M.I.T. (USA), he returned to TU Delft where he was an assistant professor until 2012. At HZB, his research focuses on the development of materials and devices for the photoelectrochemical conversion of sunlight to chemical fuels. Understanding how surface and bulk defects in thin films and nanomaterials affect light absorption, charge transport, recombination and catalytic activity is at the heart of these efforts. At TU Berlin, he teaches a course on Photo-Electrochemical Energy Conversion in the winter semester.

Solar Fuels

At the Institute for Solar Fuels at HZB we develop new materials and devices that enable efficient and cost-effective production of chemical fuels from cheap and abundant resources, such as water and CO2, using sunlight. Towards this end, we i) develop deposition processes and synthesis routes for thin film and nanostructured semiconductors and catalysts, and ii) investigate the fundamental processes of charge generation, separation and transfer in the bulk and at the surfaces and interfaces of these materials. Of particular interest is the role of defects, which we aim to control by developing thermal treatments, passivation layers and doping strategies. Our experimental toolbox includes a range of thin film deposition techniques (ALD, PLD, sputtering), electrochemistry and photo-electrochemistry, time-resolved spectroscopy on fs – s time scales, and synchrotron-based methods.

Personal information

Born on 12 July 1971 in Drunen, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch

Curriculum Vitae

2012 – present
Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin
2012 – present
Head of the Institute for Solar Fuels, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Berlin, Germany
2001 – 2012
Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemical Engineering.

2000 2001
Postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Cambridge (MA), USA.
Research Associate, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
1995 2000
Ph.D. in Materials Science, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
1989 1995
M.Sc. in Materials Science, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Professional Services

2015 present
International Advisory Board member of the Journal of Physical Chemistry
2013 present
Chairman of the Wissenschaftlich-Technische Rat at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
2012 present
Topic speaker “Solar Fuels”, Renewable Energy programme, Helmholtz Association
Chair of the 20th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-20), 27 July – 1 August 2014, Berlin
2007 present
Associate editor, International Journal of Photoenergy

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Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
for Solar Fuels
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
D-14109 Berlin
Fon: +49 30 8062 43035
... 42270 (sekr.)
Fax: +49 30 8062 42434