Dr. Wolfgang Zeier - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2020
Physical Chemistry of Solids, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Dr. Wolfgang Zeier
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To achieve a sustainable energy supply, we need to overcome current obstacles to increasing battery efficiency. One aim of Wolfgang Zeier's research is to develop better electrolytes for solid-state batteries which are safer, charge faster, and offer higher capacity and better performance. Through his work, he has made significant contributions towards a fundamental understanding of ion conduction. His core hypothesis is that lattice dynamics have an important influence on ion transport. In his most recent publications he has clearly demonstrated such an effect, which has brought him very close to confirming this hypothesis. Zeier's work has been met with a considerable international response in the materials science community.