Maximilian Fichtner received his Ph.D. in Chemistry / Surface Science at the Karlsruhe University. He had a position as officer to the Board of Directors at the Karlsruhe Research Center, started a new working group on Microprocess Engineering in 1997, and founded the Energy Storage Materials group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Institute of Nanotechnology in 2001, which he is still leading. He has been active in a number of functions such as Chairman of the GORDON Research Conference on Metal Hydrogen Systems (2013), Chairman of the 1st International Symposium of Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt) in 2016, and member of various Advisory Boards. He has been co-ordinator of several EU projects and projects of the German Federal Government (BMBF and BMWi). He is also co-ordinator of the Excellence Cluster “Energy Storage Beyond Lithium” in the joint German Excellence Strategy of the Federal and the State Governments. Since 2018 he is also scientific director of CELEST (Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe), one of the largest R&D platforms in this area worldwide.
In 2013 he accepted a call by the Ulm University as a full professor (W3) for Solid State Chemistry in conjunction with the head of the Materials Department at the new Helmholtz-Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Storage (HIU). From July 2015 until October 2018 he has been Executive Director of the institute.
His current research interest is on novel principles for energy storage and related materials in insertion and conversion-type battery systems. Recent work has been focused on Li rich FCC materials, chloride ion batteries, fluoride ion batteries, and magnesium batteries.
He has published more than 300 research and conference papers and is (co-)author of 20 patent applications. More details at https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Fichtner