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 a full professor and head of the Institute for Applied Materials – Electrochemical Technologies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Her more than 20 years of research expertise in electrochemical technologies cover established technologies, such as Li-ion batteries and PEM electrolysis, as well as a number of exploratory cells such as Li-(sulfur)-, Na-ion-, or solid-state batteries, and CO2 electrolysis.

Ulrike Krewer has developed an elaborate method repertoire for model-based and dynamic analysis of processes in electrodes and electrochemical cells. Using experimentally validated models on surface-to-cell level and dynamic analysis, her group reveals performance-limiting steps and the (degradation) state of cells and electrodes, and uses the models to optimize cell/electrode design and operation.

Her group is one of only a few groups 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., polarization/discharge curves, electrochemical impedance spectra, cyclic voltammograms, …) and (surface) concentration measurements. Highlights in method development include the establishment of nonlinear frequency response analysis for the analysis of battery state and electrode kinetics, the first differential electrochemical mass spectrometry for technical electrodes, and coupled kinetic Monte Carlo/continuum models for the build-up of degradation layers.

For her research, she has received several 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 on the board of numerous conferences (Advanced Battery Power, ISE conferences…), co-chair of the ISE Annual Meeting in Mainz in 2025, and a 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 2021 Co-optation at the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
since 2020 Full Professor and head of the Institute for Applied Materials – Electrochemical Technologies, KIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 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 05/2024): >180 journal articles, 3 patents, h-Index: 42, > 6200 citations

Selected Publications:

  1. Microkinetic Analysis of the Oxygen Evolution Performance at Different Stages of Iridium Oxide Degradation
    Geppert, J.; Röse, P.; Czioska, S.; Escalera-López, D.; Boubnov, A.; Saraçi, E.; Cherevko, S.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.; Krewer, U.
    2022. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144 (29), 13205–13217. doi:10.1021/jacs.2c03561  

  2. The passivity of lithium electrodes in liquid electrolytes for secondary batteries
    He, X.; Bresser, D.; Passerini, S.; Baakes, F.; Krewer, U.; Lopez, J.; Mallia, C. T.; Shao-Horn, Y.; Cekic-Laskovic, I.; Wiemers-Meyer, S.; Soto, F. A.; Ponce, V.; Seminario, J. M.; Balbuena, P. B.; Jia, H.; Xu, W.; Xu, Y.; Wang, C.; Horstmann, B.; Amine, R.; Su, C.-C.; Shi, J.; Amine, K.; Winter, M.; Latz, A.; Kostecki, R.
    2021. Nature Reviews Materials, 6, 1036–1052. doi:10.1038/s41578-021-00345-5

  3. Impact of electrolyte impurities and SEI composition on battery safety
    Baakes, F.; Witt, D.; Krewer, U.
    2023. Chemical Science, 14 (47), 13783–13798. doi:10.1039/d3sc04186g  

  4. Knowledge-driven design of solid-electrolyte interphases on lithium metal via multiscale modelling
    Wagner-Henke, J.; Kuai, D.; Gerasimov, M.; Röder, F.; Balbuena, P. B.; Krewer, U.
    2023. Nature Communications, 14 (1), Art.Nr.: 6823. doi:10.1038/s41467-023-42212-7  

  5. Multi-Scale Simulation of Heterogeneous Surface Film Growth Mechanisms in Lithium-Ion Batteries
    Röder, F.; Braatz, R. D.; Krewer, U.
    2017. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 164 (11), E3335–E3344. doi:10.1149/2.0241711jes  

  6. Processes and Their Limitations in Oxygen Depolarized Cathodes: A Dynamic Model‐Based Analysis
    Röhe, M.; Kubannek, F.; Krewer, U.
    2019. ChemSusChem, 12 (11), 2373–2384. doi:10.1002/cssc.201900312  

  7. Impact of carbonation processes in anion exchange membrane fuel cells
    Krewer, U.; Weinzierl, C.; Ziv, N.; Dekel, D. R.
    2018. Electrochimica Acta, 263, 433–446. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2017.12.093

  8. Modeling the Impact of Manufacturing Uncertainties on Lithium-Ion Batteries
    Schmidt, O.; Thomitzek, M.; Röder, F.; Thiede, S.; Herrmann, C.; Krewer, U. 
    2020. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 167 (6), 060501. doi:10.1149/1945-7111/ab798a  

  9. Identification of Lithium Plating in Lithium-Ion Batteries using Nonlinear Frequency Response Analysis (NFRA)
    Harting, N.; Wolff, N.; Krewer, U. 
    2018. Electrochimica Acta, 281, 378–385. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2018.05.139

  10. Impedance spectroscopic analysis of the electrochemical methanol oxidation kinetics
    Krewer, U.; Christov, M.; Vidakovic, T.; Sundmacher, K.
    2006. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 589 (1), 148–159. doi:10.1016/j.jelechem.2006.01.027  

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