Florian Speck


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tel: PostDoc & PhD student

Current position/Place: Advance Deveopment Engineer / Schaeffler AG, Germany

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An important premise for scalable and affordable electrocatalysis is the long term stability, as well as the price and the abundance of an electrocatalyst’s raw material. I'm investigating the stability of platinum group metal (PGM) free or at least PGM deficient electrocatalysts for various electrocatalytic conversions, to hopefully contribute towards cheap and durable materials for renewable energy applications like hydrogen storage and fuel cells. Due to the thermodynamic properties of PGM free materials my work mostly involves alkaline electrochemistry connected to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP MS) for dissolution studies, as well as surface analysis techniques like X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) since PGM-free materials often undergo versatile redox transitions on the surface.


2010-2016 Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich M. Sc. Chemistry
2016 University of British Columbia Master Thesis

2017 University of Aveiro, Poster Price: Multifunctional Smart Coatings and Surfaces
2020 GDCh, Poster Price: Electrochemistry Undercover
2021 Jülich Excellence Award 2021