According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, all our activities need to be emissions-free by 2050 - and emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide have to be negative - if we are to prevent the worst effects of climate change and limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Dr. Severin Vierrath wants to meet this challenge with a research approach focusing on two core innovations in CO2 electrolysis in order to significantly increase its efficiency. His approach should make it possible to convert the CO2 which is produced in large amounts in cement production, for example, into a usable product. The Vector Foundation is funding this approach with a one million euro grant over four years, during which time Vierrath will establish its own research group on this topic.
The Electrochemical Energy Systems group, which is headed by Severin Vierrath and his colleague Dr. Matthias Breitwieser, develops materials for batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers at Hahn-Schickard and the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg.