Organizing Committee

Dr. Christina Birkel

Dr. Christina Birkel
Dr. Christina Birkel

Christina Birkel is currently a Junior Research Group Leader in Inorganic Chemistry at the Technische Universität Darmstadt where she has been appointed Athene Young Investigator. Prior to her independent career, she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-2013) and completed her PhD in the group of Prof. Tremel at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (2010). Her group focuses on the synthesis and (micro)structure-properties relationships of energy materials, such as novel 3D and 2D transition metal-based carbides. Christina Birkel is married and also the mother of two young boys (3 + 5 years old).

Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kramm

Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kramm
Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kramm

Ulrike Kramm was appointed as Junior Professor for Catalysts and Electrocatalysts within the Graduate School of Excellence Energy Science and Engineering at the TU Darmstadt in 2015. Since 2017, she also leads a BMBF NanoMatFutur Young Researcher Group. In 2014, she was guest professor in the department of chemical engineering at TU Berlin. She conducted her postdoctoral research in the groups of Dieter Schmeißer, BTU Cottbus, Sebastian Fiechter, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Jean-Pol Dodelet at INRS-EMT, Varennes, Canada. She completed her PhD in the group of Sebastian Fiechter at the HZB/TU Berlin. Her work focusses on the development of new non-precious metal catalysts for energy applications. Ulrike Kramm is married and has two young daughters (4 + 6 years old).

Prof. Dr. Bai-Xiang Xu

Prof. Dr. Baixiang Xu
Prof. Dr. Baixiang Xu

Bai-Xiang Xu, Professor and Head of Research Group Mechanics of Functional Materials, Institute of Materials Science, Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany, received his Ph.D in 2008 from Peking University. Before joining the faculty at TU Darmstadt in 2011, she worked as Postdoc at TU Kaiserslautern and TU Darmstadt as a Humboldt fellowship holder. Xu’s research focuses on modeling and simulation of functional materials, including battery materials, ferroelectric ceramics, ferromagnetics, and electroactive polymers. Bai-Xiang Xu is married and the mother of one boy (4 years old).