Jürgen Janek holds a chair for Physical Chemistry at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen (Germany) and is scientific director of BELLA (Batteries and Electrochemistry Laboratory), a joint lab of BASF SE and KIT in Karlsruhe/Germany. He is also Founding Director of the Center for Materials Research (LaMa) at Justus-Liebig-University.
He received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Chemistry from Leibnitz University Hannover, mentored by Hermann Schmalzried and Alan B. Lidiard in the field of physical chemistry of solids. He was visiting professor at Seoul National University, Tohuku University/Sendai and Université d´Aix-Marseille, and got several awards for his scientific work (among others the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Award from Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, Wilhelm Jost Lecture and Medal from Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie and Göttingen Academy of Sciences).
His research in physical chemistry of solids and electrochemistry spans a wide range from fundamental transport studies in mixed conductors, electrode kinetics and interface phenomena to plasma electrochemistry and in situ studies in electrochemical cells. Current key interests include new materials and their reactions in lithium solid state batteries, lithium- and sodium-based batteries and the defect chemistry of porous and nanostructured oxides. He is particularly interested in solid electrolytes and their interfaces, in the redox chemistry of oxygen and in in situ techniques.
Jürgen Janek holds 12 patents and is author of about 300 peer-reviewed papers in a wide range of journals.