Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser

Carl von Linde Junior Fellow

University of Innsbruck

Institute of Physical Chemistry

Ulrich Stimming

Focus Group
Molecular Aspects in Interface Science

Short CV

Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser studied Chemistry at the Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf. In 1999 she received her diploma and did temporary scientific work (Ph.D.) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, at École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris ENSCP and at Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Surfaces, CNRS. In 2002 Julia was awarded her Ph.D. degree at Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (thesis advisor: Prof. Dr. H.- H. Strehblow) and was a Post-Doc at the Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry II. From 2003 to 2005 she was part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Guelph, Canada. From 2005 to 2009 Julia was a Habilitand (to qualify as a professor) in the Department of Materials Science at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. She became a Senior Scientist at TUM in May 2009 in the group of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stimming, Physics Department where she habilitated in 2012. Since July 2014, Julia has been a full professor at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck.

Selected Awards

2004, Hans-Jürgen Engell Prize, International Society of Electrochemistry

Research Interests

Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser’s research focuses on Interfacial Science where the properties of usually two adjacent condensed phases are investigated. Such properties are important in material science (e.g. stability of alloys with heterogeneous crystallites), energy conversion (e.g. photovoltaic cells, fuel cells, etc.), catalysis and electrocatalysis (promotion of interfacial reactions) and for medical applications (e.g. dental implants). In all these examples nanostructures play a very important role. Nanostructured surfaces will be created and characterized in terms of their catalytic activity and their use in the respective applications. Scanning probe microscopy, electrochemical techniques and surface analysis using i.a. X-ray induced photoelectron and IR spectroscopy will be employed for detailed investigations of the systems.
Julia’s research aims at a detailed investigation of the mechanisms of processes at the solid-liquid interface and will help to understand general trends in catalysis on a molecular level. With this new knowledge it will be possible to advance material science, electrocatalysis and energy conversion in the context of nanoscience.

Selected Publications

  • Kunze, Julia; Seyeux, Antoine; Schmuki, Patrik: Anodic TiO[sub 2] Layer Conversion: Fluoride-Induced Rutile Formation at Room Temperature. Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 11 (2), 2008, K11.
  • Berger, Steffen; Macak, Jan M.; Kunze, Julia; Schmuki, Patrik: High-Efficiency Conversion of Sputtered Ti Thin Films into TiO[sub 2] Nanotubular Layers. Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 11 (7), 2008, C37.
  • LeClere, D. J.; Velota, A.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G. E.; Berger, S.; Kunze, J.; Schmuki, P.; Habazaki, H.; Nagata, S.: Tracer Investigation of Pore Formation in Anodic Titania. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 155 (9), 2008, C487.
  • Hahn, R.; Stergiopoulus, T.; Macak, J. M.; Tsoukleris, D.; Kontos, A. G.; Albu, S. P.; Kim, D.; Ghicov, A.; Kunze, J.; Falaras, P.; Schmuki, P.: Efficient solar energy conversion using TiO2 nanotubes produced by rapid breakdown anodization – a comparison. physica status solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters 1 (4), 2007, 135-137.
  • Rettig, Ralf; Kunze, Julia; Stöver, Michael; Wintermantel, Erich; Virtanen, Sannakaisa: Corrosion resistance studies on grain-boundary etched drug-eluting stents. J Mater Sci: Mater Med 18 (7), 2007, 1377-1387.
  • Kunze, Julia; Leitch, Jay; Schwan, Adrian L.; Faragher, Robert J.; Naumann, Renate; Schiller, Stefan; Knoll, Wolfgang; Dutcher, John R.; Lipkowski, Jacek: New Method to Measure Packing Densities of Self-Assembled Thiolipid Monolayers. Langmuir 22 (12), 2006, 5509-5519.
  • Ghicov, Andrei; Macak, Jan M.; Tsuchiya, Hiroaki; Kunze, Julia; Haeublein, Volker; Frey, Lothar; Schmuki, Patrik: Ion Implantation and Annealing for an Efficient N-Doping of TiO 2 Nanotubes. Nano Letters 6 (5), 2006, 1080-1082.
  • Kunze, Julia; Strehblow, Hans-Henning; Staikov, Georgi: In situ STM study of the initial stages of electrochemical oxide formation at the Ag(111)/0.1 M NaOH(aq) interface. Electrochemistry Communications 6 (2), 2004, 132-137.
  • Kunze, Julia; Maurice, Vincent; Klein, Lorena H.; Strehblow, Hans-Henning; Marcus, Philippe: In situ STM study of the anodic oxidation of Cu(001) in 0.1 M NaOH. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 554-555, 2003, 113-125.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Brumbarov, J.; Vivek, J. P.; Leonardi, S.; Valero-Vidal, C.; Portenkirchner, E.; Kunze-Liebhäuser, J.: Oxygen deficient, carbon coated self-organized TiO 2 nanotubes as anode material for Li-ion intercalation. J. Mater. Chem. A 3 (32), 2015, 16469-16477 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Brumbarov, Jassen; Kunze-Liebhäuser, Julia: Silicon on conductive self-organized TiO2 nanotubes – A high capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries. Journal of Power Sources 258, 2014, 129-133 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Rüdiger, Celine; Brumbarov, Jassen; Wiesinger, Florian; Leonardi, Silvia; Paschos, Odysseas; Vidal, Carlos Valero; Kunze-Liebhäuser, Julia: Ethanol Oxidation on TiOxCy-Supported Pt Nanoparticles. ChemCatChem 5 (11), 2013, 3219-3223 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Leonardi, Silvia; Li Bassi, Andrea; Russo, Valeria; Di Fonzo, Fabio; Paschos, Odysseas; Murray, Thomas M.; Efstathiadis, Harry; Kunze, Julia: TiO 2 Nanotubes: Interdependence of Substrate Grain Orientation and Growth Characteristics. J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (1), 2012, 384-392 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Rüdiger, Celine; Maglia, Filippo; Leonardi, Silvia; Sachsenhauser, Matthias; Sharp, Ian D.; Paschos, Odysseas; Kunze, Julia: Surface analytical study of carbothermally reduced titania films for electrocatalysis application. Electrochimica Acta 71, 2012, 1-9 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )