Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 9.600 employees, 23.500 students, and a total annual budget of about 970 million Euro. It bundles the missions of a university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and of a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation. In establishing innovative research structures, KIT is pursuing joint strategies and visions. KIT is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany and is devoted to top research and excellent academic education as well as to being a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, exchange of knowhow, and sustainable innovation culture.

The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) has been co-founded in 2011 by the KIT, Ulm University, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) as the German center of excellence in the field of electrochemical energy storage and has rapidly achieved worldwide recognition, positioning itself among the leading research institutions in this field.


Dominic BRESSER (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Dominic Bresser joined HIU-KIT in 2017 as young investigator group leader and became group leader and principal investigator in 2020. His research activities cover the complete battery cell, including lithium and sodium batteries, but also alternative battery technologies, with a particular focus on alternative electrode materials and their processing, alkali metal electrodes, polymer and hybrid electrolyte systems, as well as advanced characterization techniques. He has supervised 15 successfully graduated PhD students, several post-docs, and 13 MSc and BSc students. His research has led to more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, 23 patents and patent applications, 1 book, 5 book chapters, and 50 invited talks and keynote lectures.


Prof. Dr. Helmut Ehrenberg joined KIT in 2010 as full professor. Since 2012 he serves as the head of the Institute for Applied Materials – Energy Storage Systems at KIT. He has supervised more than 65 successfully graduated PhD students, more than 40 post-docs, and several MSc and BSc students. He has published more than 500 papers and about 10 patents and patent applications.


Dr. Vittorio Marangon obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Ferrara, Italy, in 2022 investigating energy storage systems based on sulfur in the group of Prof. Dr. Jusef Hassoun. In 2022, he joined the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genova as postdoctoral researcher where he continued his research on lithium-sulfur batteries in collaboration with the University of Ferrara. He was employed by KIT at the end of 2023 as postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Storage Materials group of Dr. Dominic Bresser at HIU, where he presently works focusing on Na-ion systems.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Helmholtzstraße 11, 89081, Ulm, Germany