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• Materials and Methods for Sensing and Energy Applications • From Research and Application to Innovation •

    R&D and Innovations

The research areas of the Abel group include projects in the field of energy conversion, materials, methods development, and industrial applications. If possible, we transfer the technologies into innovations and ultimately into business.    

Materials & Methods

Energy-related materials research spans across the full spectrum of energy production, storage, and conversion. It includes curiosity-driven fundamental research, engineering technology, as well as applied research. Many aspects of methods development are covered.


Methods Development - We develop unique equipment and technologies in the field of a) mass spectrometry, b) micro- and nanospectroscopy, c) materials science, d) sensor concepts, and e) space related technologies.

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Energy Conversion - Energy-conversion is a central research area of the Abel group. It spans across the full spectrum of energy production, transport, storage and conversion. Beyond curiosity-driven fundamental research, we also focus on applied research in collaboration with industry. This includes in particular methods development in the field of fuel cells.

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Materials Chemistry - Energy- and sensor related materials research spans across functionalized surfaces, irradiation modified materials, supramolecular chemistry, as well as carbon based materials, such as functionalized diamond and graphene.

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About Us

The Abel group at the University of Leipzig is located at the Institute of Chemical Technology. The research focus lies in the area "Materials and Methods for Sensing and Energy Applications". The group is known for strong R&D and applications, as well as transfers of innovations into business and spin-off companies. The strength of the group's approach emerges from a long-standing experience in molecular physical chemistry, methods development, and materials science, as well as an integrated approach combining theory/modelling and experiments/materials science. In the quest for innovative methods and materials our state-of-the-art infrastructure, and our strong national and international collaboration network is central. With this appraoch, we have been able to transfer several technologies with our national and international cooperation partners into real innovations and ultimately into business over the past decade.