Prof. Dr. Matteo Bianchini (l.) received his certificate of appointment from University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible.

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Matteo Bianchini studied physics engineering in Milan. He then pursued a PhD in Solid State Chemistry in France between three institutes (LRCS Amiens, ICMCB Bordeaux and ILL Grenoble) which sparked his passion for Li-ion battery research. After receiving several awards for his PhD, obtained in 2015, he has been a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Ceder at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and later with Prof. Janek in the Battery and Electrochemistry Lab (BELLA) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Matteo then joined BASF SE to become the Lab Team Leader of the BELLA lab, co-supervising a team of ten PhD students and postdocs.

From the winter semester 2021/22, Prof. Dr. Matteo Bianchini will be researching and teaching at the University of Bayreuth and the Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology, BayBatt.

Research in my group will cover all aspects of electrode materials for Li-ion and post Li-ion battery technologies: from the design and synthesis of new materials to their functionalization and optimization until the final implementation into working devices. Various analytical techniques are also at the core of our work, to better understand the materials working principles, as well as their limitations.

Prof. Dr. Matteo Bianchini

Electrode materials are the “heart” of energy storage devices and determine their performances. They contain and reversibly exchange the ions and the electrons that power our smartphone and laptops, as well as electric vehicles. “Improved cathode and anode materials are the key to higher-performance, longer-lasting batteries”, so the scientist.

Therefore, the aim of Bianchinis research is to improve the current generation of Li-ion batteries, as well as to develop next-generation technologies such as Na-ion or solid-state batteries by designing, synthesizing and characterizing novel electrode materials. Bianchini is excited to join the University of Bayreuth and the Bavarian Center for Battery Technology (BayBatt), which is a remarkable interdisciplinary hub for the development of the battery technologies of the future, via research as well as education.

In teaching, Prof. Dr. Matteo Bianchini will start with Analytical Chemistry courses, then take General Chemistry courses. Furthermore he will be teaching within the newly-established Master Course “Battery Materials and Technology”, that will begin in the winter semester 2022/23. Interdisciplinary teaching along the whole value chain and all size scales of battery technology is offered by the University of Bayreuth herein, who will be the first university in Germany offering an own battery-related Master Course in order to educate the actors of tomorrow´s battery economy.

Matteo Bianchini

Prof. Dr. Matteo BianchiniChair holder

Inorganic active materials for electrochemical energy storage systems
Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences
Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology (BayBatt)
University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30 / NW I
95447 Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-4380
Twitter: @MBianchini87

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