Department of Solar Materials

Working Groups

Applied Biocatalysis Group

Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Bruno Bühler
Tel.:    +49-(0)341-235-46 87
Mail:   Bruno Bühler

  • Whole-cell multistep and redox biocatalysis
  • Integration of biocatalyst and bioprocess engineering
  • Whole-cell biocatalysis powered by sunlight
  • Applications of O2-tolerant hydrogenases

Catalytic Biofilms Group

Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Katja Bühler
Tel.:    +49-(0)341-235-46 83
Mail:   Katja Bühler

  • Understanding biofilms in technical settings
  • Designing microbial biofilms for biocatalysis
  • Developing novel biofilm reactor concepts
  • Applying biofilms for productive catalysis

Platform Single Cell Analysis

Group Leader: Dr. Christian Dusny
Tel.: +49-(0)341-235-46 92
Mail: Christian Dusny

  • Analysis of productive microbial systems with microfluidic single cell technologies
  • Quantifying mass and energy fluxes in single microbial (photo-)catalysts for rational strain and process development
  • Linking environmental conditions and cell physiology to catalyst performance


Group Leader: PD Dr. Stephan Klähn
Tel.:    +49-(0)341-235-4787
Mail:    Stephan Klähn

  • Understanding regulatory processes in cyanobacteria, i.e. those controlling energy and primary metabolism
  • Design of molecular tools and expression platforms in cyanobacteria
  • Applying regulatory processes to fine-tune synthetic pathways in cyanobacteria

Systems Biotechnology Group

Group Leader: Dr. Jens Krömer
Tel.:    +49-(0)341-235-46 88
Mail:   Jens Krömer

  • Quantitative physiology (fluxomics & metabolomics)
  • Metabolic modelling (FBA, EMA, GEM, 13C)
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Analytics (LC; GC-MS; LC-MS)
  • Bioelectrochemical systems


Group Leader: Dr. Bin Lai
Tel.: +49-(0)341-235-46 97
Mail: Bin Lai

  • Microbial extracellular electron transfer mechanisms
  • Electrode-steered microbial phenotype and metabolism
  • Bio-electrode interface engineering and system design
  • Light-powered bioelectrochemical hydrogen production


Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid
Tel.: +49-(0)341-235-12 86
Mail: Andreas Schmid

  • Hotwiring of natural photosynthesis in cyanobacteria
  • Integration of metabolic and reaction engineering
  • In situ product recovery
  • Maximizing process productivities for obtaining white hydrogen