M.Sc. Patrick Elsässer


M.Sc. Patrick Elsässer

Born in 06.10.1989 in Titisee-Neustadt

Doctoral student

Working area:

  • Design of non-noble metal anode and cathode catalysts for alkaline fuel cells
  • Design of BiVO4 photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting

Topics of interest: 

  • Electrocatalysis of non-noble metal catalysts
  • Advanced X-ray diffraction analysis (Rietveld, SAXS, GIXRD)
  • Synthesis and characterization of single and dual atom catalysts


Curriculum Vitae:

 I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry on the topic of Fe-N-C catalysts for ORR with the Fischer group at the University of Freiburg (ALU). During my master studies, I did an internship of 8 month with the Mérida group at UBC in Vancouver studying the photoelectrochemical degradation of organic pollutants using semiconductors. Afterwards, I finished my M.Sc. degree in chemistry on the topic of Ni catalysts for hydrogen oxidation in alkaline media with the Fischer group at the ALU.

I am currently working on my PhD thesis in the Fischer group with a focus on synthesis and characterisation of non-noble metal anode and cathode catalysts for alkaline membrane fuel cells within the AlkaCell project.

In addition, I am researching BiVO4 photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting and electrocatalysts for the nitrogen reduction reaction. 


·       Selected Publications

  • Beetz, S. Häringer, P. Elsässer, J. Kampmann, L. Sauerland, F. Wolf, M. Günther, A. Fischer and T. Bein, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2021, 2011210, 1–8
  • J. A. Diaz-Real, P. Elsaesser, T. Holm and W. Mérida, Electrochim. Acta, 2020, 329, 135162
  • T. Jurzinsky, E. D. Gomez-Villa, M. Kübler, M. Bruns, P. Elsässer, J. Melke, F. Scheiba and C. Cremers, Electrochim. Acta, 2019, 298, 884–892
  • J. Melke, R. Schuster, S. Möbus, T. Jurzinsky, P. Elsässer, A. Heilemann and A. Fischer, Carbon N. Y., 2019, 146, 44–59. 
  • L. C. Pardo Pérez, N. R. Sahraie, J. Melke, P. Elsässer, D. Teschner, X. Huang, R. Kraehnert, R. J. White, S. Enthaler, P. Strasser and A. Fischer, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2018, 28, 1–13 



Activities outside of the laboratory

  • Travelling and camping in nature
  • Sports (running, climbing, cycling
  • reading

Contact information:

  • Tel.: +49 (0) 761-203-6124 (AC)
  • Tel.: +49 (0) 761-203-95080 (FIT)
  • Office 00.034 @Freiburg Center of Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT)
  • patrick.elsaesser@ac.uni-freiburg.de
  • ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1993-2177






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