Welcome to MAT4HY.NRW

Thank you for visiting our website. Although our main site is in German, we are excited to provide you with a brief overview of our project in English.

Below, you will find information about our project, key contact persons, and how to get in touch with us. We look forward to connecting with you!


The german national hydrogen strategy emphasises the importance of hydrogen for the energy transition. The aim is to create a functioning domestic market and drive forward production through targeted research and development.


Membrane electrolysers are important for green hydrogen production due to their efficiency and flexibility. However, work still needs to be done on challenges such as the pressure range and the development of low-precious metal components.


Production and electrochemical screening of precious metal-free catalysts including their electrochemical properties in laboratory operation, as well as the development of scaled production processes for potential catalyst candidates.

Sustainable and scalable manufacturing methods for AEM electrodes, e.g. by electrodeposition, ultrasonic spraying, 3D printing of materials, cold or hot pressing for the most efficient membrane electrode assemblies.

Integration of membrane electrode assemblies into electrolyser full cells and stacks, as well as the analysis of individual components to avoid critical elements and determine performance characteristics.

Implementation of internationally standardised protocols and long-term stability tests in electrolysers of different sizes to bridge the gap between research and industry.

Analysing usable water resources, the minimum required and desired water quality for electrolysis, adapted treatment processes and linking the various stakeholders.


We are convinced that the seamless integration of all building blocks in the value chain for electrolyser production and other hydrogen technologies is of crucial importance for the economic viability when applying electrolysis. At MAT4HY.NRW, we are focussing on cooperation formats in order to tap into material technology potential, particularly in the field of membrane electrolysis.

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Contact persons

Dr. Mira Gamache

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Coordinator of the MAT4HY.NRW cooperation platform. PhD in chemistry...

Osama Anwar

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Technology scout in MAT4HY.NRW. PhD student at the PST Institute. Surface...

Sebastian Hirt

Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen-Technik GmbH

Material development and component evaluation for PEM electrolysis

Dr. Norbert Kazamer

Westfälische Hochschule

PhD in materials science with responsibility for project management...

Portrait Julian Kleinhaus

Dr. Julian T. Kleinhaus

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

PhD in chemistry, expert in electrochemical hydrogenation.

Kevin Koenen

Institut für Umwelt & Energie, Technik & Analytik e.V.

Sensor implementation, automated process monitoring, desalination...

Dr. Moritz Pilaski

Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen-Technik GmbH

Development and characterisation of MEAs in the AEM-WE and...

Dr. Theresa Schredelseker

Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen-Technik GmbH und Universität Duisburg-Essen

Research management...

Dr. Burkhard Stahlmecke

Institut für Umwelt & Energie, Technik & Analytik e.V.

Scanning electron microscopy, airborne...

Dr. Florian J. Wirkert

Westfälische Hochschule

PhD in physics with responsibility for team and project...

Senior scientists

MAT4HY.NRW brings together numerous scientists from universities, colleges and industry-related research to drive forward the future of hydrogen technologies and accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technology in science and from research to industry.

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

MAT4HY.NRW project leader. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum; Head of the "Electrosynthesis" department at Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Corina Andronescu

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Junior Professor at the Chair of Technical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen

Dipl.-Ing. Franziska Blauth

Institut für Umwelt & Energie, Technik & Analytik e.V. (IUTA)

Head of Department Water Treatment & Membrane Technology at the Institute for Environment & Energy, Technology & Analytics e.V.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Brodmann

Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen

Vice President for Research and Transfer at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences and Director of the Westphalian Energy Institute

Prof. Dr. Anna Grevé

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr University Bochum; Head of Department "Electrochemical Energy Storage" at Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

Prof. Dr. Harry Hoster

Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen-Technik und Universität Duisburg-Essen

Scientific Director of the Centre for Fuel Cell Technology and Professor at the Chair of Energy Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Clemens Pollerberg

Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental and Building Technology, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen

Dr. Ulrich Rost

ProPuls GmbH

Authorised signatory of ProPuls and expert for hydrogen technologies

Dr. Sophie Marie Schnurre

Institut für Umwelt & Energie, Technik & Analytik e.V. (IUTA)

Senior researcher at the Institute for Environment & Energy, Technology & Analytics e.V.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Professor and Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum.

Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz

Universität Duisburg-Essen

EMPI, Institute for Energy and Material Processes - Reactive Fluids, University of Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Doris Segets

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Professor and Chair at the "Institute for Energy and Material Processes - Particle Technology", University of Duisburg-Essen

Get in touch with us!

Are you interested in working with us? Do you need help with your product development? Then contact us! We will put you in touch with the right partner as quickly as possible. We are also available for further information, questions, and suggestions. Furthermore, we look forward to getting in touch with you and solving questions about new materials and the relevance of water quality in future water electrolysis together.

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