Ulrich Stimming

Carl von Linde Senior Fellow

Newcastle University

School of Chemistry

Focus Group
Molecular Aspects in Interface Science

Short CV

Born in Weimar, Germany, Ulrich Stimming received his Diploma in Chemistry in 1974 and was awarded his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1979, both at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. After working at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, 1982 Ulrich Stimming joined the IBM Watson Research Center in NY, USA, before he became a member of the faculty of Columbia University, New York, first as Assistant Professor then as Associate Professor. In 1991 he was appointed Head of the Institute of Energy Process Engineering at the Research Center Jülich, Germany, and became Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bonn; he also was awarded with a Honorary Professorship at the University of Ulm. Since 1997 he is holding the Chair of Technical Physics at the Technische Universität München and is the Scientific Head of Division1 of the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern). In 2001 he started the scientific journal “Fuel Cells – From Fundamentals to Systems”, VCH-Wiley, and has since been its editor-in-chief. 2004 he became Director of the Center of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (nanoTUM) and a permanent visiting Professor at the University of Yamanashi, Japan. In April 2009 he was appointed member of the European University Association (EUA) representing German Universities on behalf of the German Rectors Conference (HRK). Since 2010, Prof. Stimming has been the Co-Director of the Joint “Institute for Advanced Power Sources” (IAPS) of TUM and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Currently he is coordinating TUM•Energy, the largest interdisciplinary research program of the TU München. Prof. Stimming members various national and international academic advisory committees and serves in evaluation panels of the European Research Council (ERC).

Selected Awards

  • 2010, Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal
  • 1998, Laureate of the "Hellmuth Fischer Medal"

Research Interests

Ulrich Stimmings research interests are mainly focused on the topics energy conversion and storage and the solid-liquid interface physics covering fundamental research on a molecular basis. This involves detailed basic research on single nanoparticles using different microscopy and electrochemical techniques to achieve information about their chemical, catalytic, electrocatalytic or physical properties.One focus is the application of principles of solid state physics to interfacial problems.The aimof the applied fuel cell research is the development of "the complete pathway" starting from the synthesis and preparation of new catalysts and support materials to their application in real fuel cell systems. During the last few years Ulrich Stimming also started to investigate aspects of catalytic reactions in biological systems.

Selected Publications

  • Kunze, Julia; Stimming, Ulrich: Electrochemical Versus Heat-Engine Energy Technology: A Tribute to Wilhelm Ostwald’s Visionary Statements. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (49), 2009, 9230-9237.
  • Wang, Haibo; Tealdi, Cristina; Huang, Kelong; Stimming, Ulrich; Chen, Liquan: Compound of (NH4)2SnP4O13 with high proton conductivity in both dry and humid atmospheres as electrolyte for intermediate temperature fuel cells. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 485 (1-2), 2009, L28-L30.
  • Baier, Claudia; Stimming, Ulrich: Imaging Single Enzyme Molecules under In Situ Conditions. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (30), 2009, 5542-5544.
  • Wang, Mingkui; Bugarski, Sven; Stimming, Ulrich: Topological and Electron-Transfer Properties of Glucose Oxidase Adsorbed on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite Electrodes. J. Phys. Chem. C 112 (13), 2008, 5165-5173.
  • Meier, J.; Schiøtz, J.; Liu, P.; Nørskov, J.K.; Stimming, U.: Nano-scale effects in electrochemistry. Chemical Physics Letters 390 (4-6), 2004, 440-444.
  • Eikerling, M.; Meier, J.; Stimming, U.: Hydrogen Evolution at a Single Supported Nanoparticle: A Kinetic Model. Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 217 (4-2003), 2003, 395-414.
  • Meier, J.; Friedrich, K. A.; Stimming, U.: Novel method for the investigation of single nanoparticle reactivity. Faraday Disc. 121, 2002, 365-372.
  • Carrette, Linda; Friedrich, K. Andreas; Stimming, Ulrich: Fuel Cells: Principles, Types, Fuels, and Applications. ChemPhysChem 1 (4), 2000, 162-193.
  • Akemann, Walther; Friedrich, Kaspar Andreas; Stimming, Ulrich: Potential-dependence of CO adlayer structures on Pt(111) electrodes in acid solution: Evidence for a site selective charge transfer. The Journal of Chemical Physics 113 (16), 2000, 6864.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Brülle, Tine; Ju, Wenbo; Niedermayr, Philipp; Denisenko, Andrej; Paschos, Odysseas; Schneider, Oliver; Stimming, Ulrich: Size-Dependent Electrocatalytic Activity of Gold Nanoparticles on HOPG and Highly Boron-Doped Diamond Surfaces. Molecules 16 (12), 2011, 10059-10077 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Paschos, O; Kunze, J; Stimming, U; Maglia, F: A review on phosphate based, solid state, protonic conductors for intermediate temperature fuel cells. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 23 (23), 2011, 234110 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Wolfschmidt, Holger; Weingarth, Daniel; Stimming, Ulrich: Enhanced Reactivity for Hydrogen Reactions at Pt Nanoislands on Au(111). Chem. Eur. J. of Chem. Phys. 11 (7), 2010, 1533-1541 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )