Battery Technologies

Sustainable energy storage represents one of the great challenges in the twenty-first century. In response to the needs of modern society and emerging ecological concerns, improved energy storage is essential to enable the use of more renewable energy on the grid and shift from a petrol powered to a carbon neutral mobility. Therefore, new chemistries are vital that are inherently eco-efficient and environmentally friendly, in combination with feasible approaches to low-cost and recyclable materials.

My research is dedicated to address challenges and chances in novel, innovative concepts, chemistries and architectures for advanced energy storage systems. It is my aim to push the frontiers for advanced energy storage systems, that are low-cost and environmentally friendly.

Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Engelbert Portenkirchner

Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Engelbert Portenkirchner

FWF Projekt Portenkirchner

Schematic summary of the theories under investigation on the mechanism of Li-ion storage in SiC: inactivity, intercalation, reversible conversion and irreversible conversion.


The FWF - Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research - is Austria's central institution for promoting basic research. It is committed to all sciences equally and its activities are guided by the standards of the international scientific community. In its board meeting on March 7, 2022, the FWF approved numerous projects by researchers from the University of Innsbruck, including Engelbert Portenkirchner's individual project on the topic of lithium migration and storage in silicon carbide.



Institut für Physikalische Chemie


Innrain 52c

A - 6020 Innsbruck


Team Leader

Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.
Engelbert Portenkirchner



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