Prof. Dr. Katharina Krischer



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Krischer cover self-organization in physical and physicochemical systems as well as electrocatalysis. She focuses in particular on efficient photoelectrochemical and electrocatalytic energy conversion and universal mechanisms of structure formation processes in nonequilibrium systems.

After studying at Freie Universität Berlin and Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University, Prof. Krischer was a research associate at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (Prof. Ertl). After completing her doctorate, she did postdoctoral research for one year at Princeton University, USA. She then returned to the Fritz Haber Institute to do her lecturer qualification. Since 2002, she has been professor of technical physics  at TUM. Prof. Krischer plays an active role in the German National Academic Foundation and coordinates the graduate program of the Nanosystems Initiative Munich excellence cluster.


García-Morales V, Krischer K: “Fluctuation enhanced electrochemical reaction rates at the nanoscale”.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2010; 107: 4528-4532.


Krischer K Savinova ER: “Fundamentals of electrocatalysis “. In: Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis. Editors: Ertl G, Knözinger H, Schüth F, Weitkamp J. 2008; 1873-1905.


Krischer K:  ”Nonlinear dynamics in electrochemical systems”. In:  Advances in Electrochemical Science and Engineering Vol. 8. Editors:  Alkire RC, KolbDM. 2003; 89-208.


Li JL, Oslonovitch L, Mazouz N, PlengeF, Krischer K, Ertl G: “Turing-type patterns on electrode surfaces”. Science. 2001; 291: 2395-2398.


Flätgen G, Krischer K, Pettinger B, Doblhofer K, Junkes H, Ertl G: “Two-dimensional imaging of potential waves in electrochemical systems by surface-plasmon microscopy”. Science. 1995; 269: 668-671.