Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Electrochemistry

Group Leader


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Adelhelm






Office room: 2.304

Phone number: (030) 2093 82612

E-mail: philipp.adelhelm [@]





ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2439-8802

ResearcherID: A-5986-2009 

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     Philipp Adelhelm is a materials scientist and received his education at the University of Stuttgart and the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research. After graduation in 2004, he joined the group of Prof. Markus Antonietti at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and worked on carbon materials with tailored porosity.
     He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2007 and continued his academic career as a post doc at Utrecht University (de Jongh group) studying sodium and magnesium based hydrogen storage materials.
     As a group leader at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (2009-2015, group of Jürgen Janek) he explored the cell chemistry of sodium-based batteries. During 2015-2019, he was a professor at the Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry (ITUC) at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. Since October 2019, he is a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Currently, he is also leading a joint research group on operando battery analysis between Humboldt-University and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB).




Professional career

 - October 2019 - present: Professor (W3)

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

 - April 2015 - September 2019: Professor (W3)

Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry

 - 2009 - 2015: Young investigator research group leader

Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Institute of Physical Chemistry

 - 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral researcher

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Group for Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis




Educational background


 Doctoral degree

 - University of Potsdam (Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces), Germany (2004-2007)

Program: Physical Chemistry (summa cum laude); Prof. Antonietti

Thesis topic: Novel carbon materials with hierarchical porosity: Templating strategies and advanced characterization

 Master's degree

 - University of Stuttgart, Germany (2002-2004)

Program: Materials Science; Prof. Aldinger

Thesis topic: Ink-jet printing of mesoporous particles: Suspension preparation and printing performance






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Awards & Accomplishments


 - 2020: Head of the joined research group "operando battery analysis" at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB)

 - 2020: Fachkollegiat der DFG, FK 322 Chemische Festkörper- und Oberflächenforschung

 - 2019: Joined the editoral board of the Journal of Power Sources Advances

 - 2018 - 2019: Local representative of the GDCh in Jena

 - 2018: Joined the editoral board of the journal Batteries & Supercaps

 - 2017-2019: Institute director of the Institute of Technical and Environmental Chemistry, Jena

 - 2017 - 2019: Joined the directorate of the Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry, Jena (CEEC Jena)

 - 2016: Joined the editoral board of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A

 - 2016: Joined the editoral board of the journal Energy Technology

 - 2015: Joined the directorate of the Fachgruppe "Chemie und Energie" of the GDCh

 - 2015: Call from RWTH Aachen (denied)

 - 2014: Finalist Science Award Electrochemistry (BASF, Volkswagen)

 - 2013: Award of the Justus Liebig University Giessen

 - 2012: Jahrespreis der ADUC für Habilitanden und Habilitandinnen

 - 2007: Brian Kelly Award 2007 (British Carbon Group)