University of Innsbruck

Prof. Dr. Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Chem. Dr.
Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser


Orcid ID 0000-0002-8225-3110

h-index: 39, > 95 publications

Personal Data

Date of Birth

Place of Birth


December 29th, 1974

Neuss am Rhein, Germany


Career History

2014 to date 

Full Professor for Materials- and Electrochemistry and Head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Innsbruck, Austria


Habilitation and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study IAS, Technische Universität München, Germany


Senior Scientist (Materials Science & Engineering), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


Post-Doctorate with J. Lipkowski (Physical Chemistry & Electrochemistry), University of Guelph, Canada


Post-Doctorate with H.-H. Strehblow and G. Staikov (Institute for Physical Chemistry & Electrochemistry), University of Düsseldorf, Germany


Ph.D. thesis with H.-H. Strehblow (Institute for Physical Chemistry & Electrochemistry), University of Düsseldorf, Germany and P. Marcus (École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris ENSCP) Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Surfaces, France

Main Research Areas and Recognition

  • Electrochemistry: Chronocoulometry and thermodynamic evaluation of electrochemical data for accurate description of the electrochemical double layer, cyclic voltammetry[all], impedance spectroscopy.
  • Interface and surface science: Pioneer in in-situ techniques at the solid/liquid interface, such as electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), IR reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS), and differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS).
  • Laser induced temperature-jump methods (with Profs. A. Bandarenka, J. Feliu, V. Climent): Determination of the potential of zero free charge (pzfc) of Cu(111) and bimetallic Cu-based electrodes in combination with surface morphology/structure imaging. On Cu(111) modified with Ni(OH)2 or Co(OH)2, non-linear HER activity trends are found. The electric field, i.e. the interfacial water orientation/reorganization is determined and found to be a general activity descriptor for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline media.

Additional Research Achievements

Invited Speaker

> 57 Invited talks at conferences/colloquia, including > 5 keynote, 1 plenary talk


Heisenberg Professorship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), declined due to offer from the University of Innsbruck




Junior Fellow of the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, declined

Hans-Jürgen Engell Prize of the Int. Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)

Funded Research Projects




FFG project (infrastructure): ambient pressure XPS purchase/ development.

FWF int. project: Transition Metal Carbides for Electrochem. CO2 Reduction.

FWF project: All-organic Na-ion battery based on conjugated carbonyl compounds (project leader: Dr. E. Portenkirchner).

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

Member of the Science Board of CEST Kompetenzzentrum für elektrochemische Oberflächentechnologie GmbH

Editorial Advisory Board Member of Electrochemical Science Advances (ELSA) (since 2020) and the Journal of Electroanalytical Cemistry (since 2021).

Member of the Kuratorium of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (since 2019).

Member of review panels for funding agencies (DFG, AvH), and journals (Nature, ACS Nano, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Electrochimica Acta.

Personal life

One daughter (11 years old)

Leisure activities: skiing, ski touring, climbing, mountaineering/hiking, running

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