Heroimage Institut Fuer Wasserstofftechnologie

Dr. Martin Dornheim

Martin Dornheim 2021 hochkant

Dr. Martin Dornheim

Materials Design

Head of Department

Phone: +49 (4152) 87-2604

Fax: +49 (4152) 87-2636

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  • Energy Storage, Energy Conversion
  • Hydrogen Technology, Fuel Cells
  • Materials Science & Technology

Employment History

Since 2021Head of the Department of Materials Design, Institut of Hydrogen Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
2016 International Visitor of the University Nottingham, United Kingdom
2007Invited Research Scientist “Energy Technology Research Institute – ETRI” at the AIST Tsukuba, Japan
2005-2020Head of the Department of Nanotechnology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
2003-2005 Deputy Head of the Department of Nanotechnology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon,
2002-2003 Deputy Group Leader “ Hydrogen in Metals”, University of Göttingen
1998-2002Scientist Institute of Metal Physics, University of Göttingen


PhDDr. rer. nat., Universität Göttingen, Institute of Materials, Göttingen, Germany 2002
Topic: Hydrogen in 2-dim. epitaxic and nanostructured metal films
MasterDipl.-Phys., Universität Göttingen, Institute of Metal Physics, Göttingen, Germany 1998
Field: Atomistic simulations of semiconductor heterostructures
StudentPhysics at University of Hamburg, Germany 1992-1994
Physics at University of Göttingen, Germany 1994-1998

Teaching Activities

Seit 2016Lecturer – Hydrogen Technology, Hamburg University of Technology
2016Lecturer – Werkstofftechnologie, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg
2012-2015Lecturer – Materials for Renewable Energies, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg
2005-2009Lecturer – Physics of High Temperature Strength, Hamburg University of Technology

Fellowships & Awards

2020“Science of Hydrogen and Energy Award 2020”
for extraordinary contribu-tions to the sciences of hydrogen and hydrogen technology.
2020“International Journal of Hydrogen Energy David Sanborn Scott Award”
for the most cited paper in the Hydrogen storage &Distribution category of the year 2019.
2016Acta Materialia Award for Excellence in Reviewing
2015Award of the UK Midlands Energy Consortium International Visitor Call
2012 Scripta Materialia Top Cited Article 2007-2011 Award
(one of 20 Most Cited articles 2007-2012 in Scripta Materialia)
1995Fellowship of the “Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation”, 1995-1998
1991Laureate of the “Ernst-Hermann Kölln Foundation”
for exceptional attainments in mathematics and natural sciences

Commissions of Trust

2020-nowHydrogen Europe – lead / sherpa for the development of the European Roadmap “Hydrogen Carriers” for the European Commision in the frame of the future PPP “Clean Hydrogen Europe”
2020-nowAdvisary Board Member of MDPI-Journal “Challenges”
2020-nowEditorial Board Member of MDPI-Journal “Energies - section Hydrogen Energy”
2019-nowEditorial Board Member of JPhys Energy (a new Journal from IOP Publishing)
2019-nowMember of the Expert Group of IEA-H2 Task 40 “Energy Storage and conver-sion based on hydrogen”;
Subtask Leader: “Hydrogen Storage Systems”
2013-2018 Member of the Expert Group of IEA-H2 Task 32 “Hydrogen Based Energy Storage” and
Subtask Leader “Hydrogen Storage for Mobile and Stationary Applications”
2013-2014 Guest Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
2013-2014Member of Board of Delegates of the European Materials Research Society
2011-2015Steering Committee Member COST Action MP1103 “Nanostructured Materials for Hydrogen Storage” and
Work Group Leader “Characterisation of nanostructured materials for hydrogen storage on the laboratory and prototype tanks scale”
2006-2012Member of the Expert Group of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Task 22 “Fundamental and Applied Hydrogen Storage Materials Development”
2005-2008Advisory Board Member at the Competence Center Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, Lübeck, Germany

Conference Organisation

2016International Advisory Committee Member of the „International Discussion on Hydrogen Energy and Applications 02-04 Nov. 2016, Nantes, France
2014Steering Committee Member International Conference on Hydrogen Storage Em-brittlement and Applications (HY-SEA) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26-30. October 2014
2013Main Chair Symposium “Nanostructured Materials for Solid State Hydrogen Stor-age“ at EMRS Fall Meeting 2013
2012International Advisory Board Member „First European Early Stage Researcher’s Conference on Hydrogen Storage”, Belgrade, Serbia, 3.-5. Dez.
2012Scientific Committee Member 19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012
2012Co-Chair of the Symposium “Hydrogen Storage Materials and Systems” at the WHEC2012
2010Co-Chair of the topical conference on “Hydrogen Storage System Engineering and Applications” at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engi-neers, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2010Co-Chair of the Symposium “Hydrogen Storage Technology, Fuel Cells and Lithi-um Ion Batteries”, E-MRS Fall Meeting, Warsaw
2010Chair of the conference “Energy Conversion and Storage” at the Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium – BRAGFOST, Bento Gon-calves, Brazil
2010Advisory board member des “5th Forum on New Materials – CIMTEC 2010” in Montecatini Terme, Italy
2009Scientific committee member des “11th International Conference on Advanced Materials” in Rio de Janeiro

Publication Record

Google Scholar251 publications, h-Index 47, 7908 citations
Web-of Science (Publons)
Researcher ID B-4391-2009
199 publications, h-Index 44, 6362 citations
Scopus (ID 9533839200)
Orcid 0000-0001-8491-435x
177 publications, h-index 45, 6669 citations

List of selected publications

  1. M. Dornheim “Thermodynamic Properties of Metal Hydrides”, Chapter in Thermodynamics – Interaction Studies -Solids, Liquids, Gases edited by J.C. Moreno, InTech (2011) 891-914, ISBN 978-953-307-563-1, More than 9000 Downloads
  2. J.Bellosta von Colbe, J.R. Ares, J. Barale, M. Baricco, C. Buckley, G. Capurso, N. Gallandat, D.M. Grant, M. N. Guzik, I. Jacob, E. H. Jensen, T. R. Jensen, J. Jepsen, T. Klassen, M. V. Lototskyy,m K. Manickam, A. Montone, J. Puszkiel, S. Sartori, D. A. Sheppard, A. Stuart, G. Walker, C. J. Webb, H. Yang, V. Yartys, A. Züttel, M. Dornheim, “Application of hydrides in hydrogen storage and compression: Achievements, Out-look and Perspectives”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 44 (2019) 7780-7808
  3. M. Paskevicius, L. Jepsen, P. Schouwink, R. Cerny, D.B. Ravnsbak, Y. Filinchuk, M. Dornheim, F. Besenbacher, T.R. Jensen, “Metal borohydrides and derivatives – synthesis, structure and properties”; Chemical Society Reviews 46 (2017) 1565-1634. (Journal Impact factor 38)
  4. N. Neslihan, C. Horstmann, O. Metz, O. Kotlyar, M. Dornheim, C. Pistidda, S. Busch, W. Lohstroh, M. Müller, K. Pranzas, „High-pressure cell for in situ neutron studies of hydrogen storage materials“, Journal of Neutron Research 21 (2019) 125-135
  5. H. Wang, H. Cao, W. Zhang, J. Chen, H. Wu, C. Pistidda, X. Ju, W. Zhou, G. Wu, M. Etter, T. Klassen, M. Dornheim, P. Chen,“Li2NH-LiBH4: a Complex Hydride with Near Ambient Hydrogen Absorption and Fast Lithium Ion Conduction“, Chemistry – A European Journal 24 (2017)1342-1347
  6. H.J. Cao, C. Pistidda, T.M.M. Richter, A. Santoru, C. Milanese, S. Garroni, j. Bednarcik, A.L. Chaudhary, G. Gizer, H.P. Liermann, R. Niewa, C. Ping, T. Klassen, M. Dornheim “In situ X-ray diffraction studies on the de/rehydrogenation processes of the K-2[Zn(NH2)(4)]-8LiH system”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (2017) 1546-1551
  7. S. Börries, O. Metz, P.K. Pranzas, J.M. Bellosta von Colbe, T. Bucherl, M. Dornheim, T. Klassen, A. Schreyer: “Optimization and comprehensive characterization of metal hydride based hydrogen storage systems using in-situ neutron radiography”, Journal of Power Sources 328 (2016) 567-577
  8. U. Bösenberg, C. Pistidda, M. Tolkiehn, N. Busch, I. Saldan, K. Suarez-Alcantara, A. Arendarska, T. Klas-sen, M. Dornheim, „Characterization of metal hydrides by in-situ XRD“, International Journal of Hy-drogen Energy 39 (2014) 9899-9903
  9. U. Bösenberg, Ji Woo Kim, D. Gosslar, N. Eigen, T. R. Jensen, J.M. Bellosta von Colbe, Y. Zhou, M. Dahms, D. H. Kim, R. Günther, Y.W. Cho, K.H. OH, T. Klassen, R. Bormann, M. Dornheim, “Role of Ad-ditives in LiBH4-MgH2 Reactive Hydride Composites for Sorption Kinetics”, Acta Materialia 58 (2010) 3381-3389