Prof. Dr.-Ing.  Ulrike Krewer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer

  • Institute for Applied Materials -
    Electrochemical Technologies (IAM-ET)
    Adenauerring 20b
    Building 50.40 
    D-76131 Karlsruhe


Ulrike Krewer is full Professor and head of the Institute for Applied Materials – Electrochemical Technologies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Her more than 20 years research expertise on electrochemical technologies covers established battery, fuel cell and electrolysis technologies, such as Li-ion batteries and PEM electrolysis, as well as a number of exploratory cells such as Li/Na-metal or solid-state batteries, AEM fuel cell, and CO2 electrolysis.

Ulrike Krewer developed a unique method repertoire for model-based and dynamic analysis of processes in electrodes and electrochemical cells. Using especially modeling from surface to cell level and dynamic analysis, she reveals performance limiting steps and the (degradation) state of cells and electrodes, and uses the models to optimise cell/electrode design and operation.

Her group is one of only few groups world-wide that does in-depth kinetic modelling of processes at electrodes and in cells, including complex networks of electrochemical and chemical reactions and degradation/surface changes. Parameter, process and model identification are conducted by reproducing experimental electrochemical measurements (e.g. polarisation/discharge curves, electrochemical impedance spectra, cyclovoltammograms, …) and (surface) concentration measurements. Highlights in method development are the establishment of nonlinear frequency response analysis for analysis of battery state and electrode kinetics, the first differential electrochemical mass spectrometry for technical electrodes, and coupled kinetic Monte-Carlo/continuum models for build-up of degradation layers.

For her research she got numerous awards, such as the award for fundamental research of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, the Otto Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society, and the Gold medal in the Samsung SDI paper award. She is in the board of numerous conferences (EFCF, Advanced Battery Power, ISE conferences…), elected regional representative of the International Society of Electrochemistry and member of several advisory boards such as for Battery Research of the German Ministry of Education and Research, Baybatt, the ProcessNet subdivision reaction engineering and the Energy Research Center Lower Saxony.

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer
since 3/2020 Full Professor and head of the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-ET), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), DE
2017 Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering (Prof. Richard Braatz), MA, USA
2012 – 2020 Full professor at and head of the Institute for Energy and Process Systems Engineering, Braunschweig University of Technology, DE
2008 – 2013 Head of Otto Hahn research group Portable Energy Systems at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, DE
2009 – 2011 Junior-Professor for Portable Energy Systems at the Chair for Process Systems Engineering, University of Magdeburg, DE
2006 – 2007 Senior Researcher/Senior Engineer at the Energy Research Center of Samsung SDI Ltd., South Korea
in 2005 Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing., summa cum laude) in Process and Systems Engineering at the University of Magdeburg, DE, title: System-oriented analysis of the dynamic behavior of Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
2001 - 2005 Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (Supervisor: Prof. Kai Sundmacher)
1995 – 2001 Studies of Chemical Engineering, Diploma degree (with distinction) in Process Engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE


Statistics (as of 05/2022): >160 journal articles, 3 patents, h-Index: 34, >3700 citations

Selected Publications:

  1. Xin He, Dominic Bresser, Stefano Passerini, Florian Baakes, Ulrike Krewer, Jeffrey Lopez, Christopher Mallia, Yang Shao-Horn, Isidora Cekic-Laskovic, Simon Wiemers-Meyer, Fernando Soto, Victor Ponce, Jorge Seminario, Perla Balbuena, Hao Jia, Wu Xu, Yaobin Xu, Chongmin Wang, Birger Horstmann, Rachid Amine, Chi-Cheung Su, Jiayan Shi, Khalil Amine, Martin Winter, Arnulf Latz, and Robert Kostecki, The passivity of lithium electrodes in liquid electrolyte for secondary batteries, Nature Rev. Mat. 6(11): 1036-1052, 2021
  2. O. Schmidt, M. Thomitzek, F. Röder, S. Thiede, C. Herrmann, U. Krewer, Modeling the Impact of Manufacturing Uncertainties on Lithium-Ion Batteries. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2020, 167,6
  3. V. Laue, N. Wolff, F. Röder, U. Krewer, Modeling the influence of Mixing Strategies on Micro Structural Properties of All-Solid State Electrodes. Energy Technology 20208, 1801049.
  4. F. Röder, R. D. Braatz, U. Krewer, Direct coupling of continuum and kinetic Monte Carlo models for multiscale simulation of electrochemical systems, Comp. Chem. Eng. 2019121, 722-735.
  5. M. Röhe, F. Kubannek, U. Krewer, Processes and Their Limitations in Oxygen Depolarized Cathodes: A Dynamic Model-Based Analysis, ChemSusChem 201912, 2373-2384.
  6. N. Harting, N. Wolff, U. Krewer, Identification of Lithium Plating in Lithium-Ion Batteries using Nonlinear Frequency Respons Analysis (NFRA). Electrochim. Acta 2018281, 378-385.
  7. U. Krewer, C. Weinzierl, N. Ziv, D. Dekel, Impact of carbonation processes in anion exchange membrane fuel cells. Electrochim. Acta 2018, 263, 433-446
  8. F. Röder, R. D. Braatz, U. Krewer, Multi-Scale Simulation of Heterogeneous Surface Film Growth Mechanisms in Lithium-Ion Batteries. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017164, E3335-E3344.
  9. F. Kubannek, U. Krewer, A Cyclone Flow Cell for Quantitative Analysis of Kinetics of Porous Electrodes by Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry. Electrochim. Acta 2016210, 862-873.
  10. Q. Mao, U. Krewer, Total harmonic distortion analysis of oxygen reduction reaction in proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Electrochim. Acta 2013103, 188-198

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