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Olaf Magnussen

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Short description
I have been working on electrochemical phase boundaries and electrode processes for more than 30 years. This includes questions in the field of electrocatalysis, electrochemical deposition and dissolution processes, nanostructuring, corrosion processes, passivation, adsorption and fundamental questions on the structure and dynamics of electrochemical interfaces on the atomic scale. These are investigated by my group using in-situ and operando methods, specifically X-ray scattering techniques using synchrotron radiation and scanning probe microscopy. Current projects in the field of energy research deal with issues in electrolysis, fuel cells, electrochemical CO2 reduction, chemical hydrogen storage in LOHCs and the introduction of students to hydrogen technology.
Diploma in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 1989
PhD, University of Ulm, 1993
Habilitation, University of Ulm, 2000
Research Associate, Physics Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA (1993 - 1995)
C3 Professor of Solid State Physics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (2001 - 2004)
C4 Professor of Solid State Physics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (2004 - ongoing)

Research data

Research level
Area of research
Energy engineering ,
Research topic
Electrochemistry, electrolysis, fuel cells, electrochemical CO2 reduction, chemical hydrogen storage in LOHCs, students, development of operando x-ray scattering techniques, development of in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy, structure and dynamics of liquid surfaces/interfaces, thermal liquid phase catalysis.
Research institute
Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
Research institute location
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics
Interface Physics

Publications and projects

Selected publications
Structure-dependence of the atomic-scale mechanisms of Pt electrooxidation and dissolution, T. Fuchs, J. Drnec, F. Calle-Vallejo, N. Stubb, D.J.S. Sandbeck, M. Ruge, S. Cherevko, D.A. Harrington, O.M. Magnussen, Nature Catalysis, 3, 754-761 (2020)
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Operando identification of the reversible skin layer on Co3O4 as a three-dimensional reaction zone for oxygen evolution, T. Wiegmann, I. Pacheco, F. Reikowski, J. Stettner, C. Qiu, M. Bouvier, M. Bertram, F. Faisal, O. Brummel, J. Libuda, J. Drnec, P. Allongue, F. Maroun, O.M. Magnussen, ACS Catalysis, 12, 256–3268 (2022)
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Steering the structure and selectivity of electrocatalysts by potential pulses, J. Timoshenko, A. Bergmann, C. Rettenmaier, A. Herzog, R.M. Arán-Ais, H.S. Jeon, F.T. Haase, U. Hejral, P. Grosse, S. Kühl, J. Tian, O.M. Magnussen, B. Roldan Cuenya, Nature Catalysis, 5, 259–267 (2022)
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Selected sponsored projects
Hochenergie-Oberflächenröntgenbeugung für Energieforschung, Projektpartner Prof. Hans-Georg Steinrück, Universität Paderborn, 2022-2025, 658 T€
Sonderforschungsbereich TRR 247, Thermal catalysis in the liquid phase, Teilprojekt B10, Probing the oxide interface structure under reaction conditions by operando surface X-ray diffraction, 2022-2026, 272 T€
Schwerpunktprogramm SPP 2080, Katalysatoren und Reaktoren unter dynamischen Betreibsbedingungen für die Energiespeicherung und -wandlung, Projekt "Selektivitätskontrolle unter Bedingungen dynamischer CO2 Elektroreduktion", 2021-2024, 229 T€

Committees and Awards

Selected councils
Hydrogen thematic group of the North German Conference of Science Ministers, representative of Schleswig-Holstein
Selected awards
Prix Jaques Tacussel of the International Society of Electrochemistry 2009
Electrodeposition Division Research Award of the Electrochemical Society 2008
Award of the Ertl Center for Electrochemistry and Catalysis at GIST, Gwangju, South Korea 2020