Dr. Aleksandar Zeradjanin - Physical Electrochemistry

Scientific Staff and coordinator of activities in the area of Physical Electrochemistry

Group: Electrochemistry

Room: 402
Phone: +49 (0)208/306-3726

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Research Experience

  • Scientific Staff and coordinator of activities in area of Physical Electrochemistry at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr; 2020 – current position (Advisor: Prof. Robert Schlögl)
  • Senior Scientist at University of Bremen and Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, Germany; 2019 (Advisor: Prof. Fabio La Mantia)
  • Guest Researcher at Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany; 2018; (Host: Dr. Michael Rohwerder)
  • Senior Scientist at FZ Jülich IEK-11 and Helmholtz Institute Erlangen, Germany; 2016-2017 (Advisor: Prof. Karl Mayrhofer)
  • Postdoctoral research at Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany; 2012-2015; (Supervisor: Dr.Karl Mayrhofer)
  • Scientific Co-worker (PhD in Chemistry), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; 2009-2012 (Supervisor: Prof. Wolfgang Schuhmann)
  • Research Associate (M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering) University of Belgrade, Serbia; 2008 (Supervisor: Prof. Branimir Grgur)

Research Topics (Physical Electrochemistry)

  • Experimental and theoretical studies on electron and ion transfer at electrocatalytic interfaces
  • Investigation of relevant material-based and interface-based catalytic descriptors
  • Investigation of activation processes of  water splitting/formation
  • Mechanisms of degradation of metals/oxides and strategies to enhance catalyst stability
  • Role of preexponential (frequency) factor in electrocatalysis, including impact of proton tunneling and lattice vibrations (phonons) on reaction rate
  • Unifying concepts in catalysis (electro-, photo-, homogenous-, gas-phase…)
  • Application of Kelvin probe for experimental measurements of adsorption energy
  • SECM for analysis of spatio-temporal behavior of gas-evolving electrocatalytic electrodes
  • In-situ and in-operando spectroscopic characterization of electrocatalysts
  • Establishing principles of electrocatalyst design linking: material properties, interface structure and dynamics, and reaction rate

Systems of Interest

  • Water electrolysis
  • Reversible oxygen electrode
  • Fuel cells
  • Metal-air batteries
  • Corrosion of metals/oxides
  • Chlor-alkali technology
  • New innovative concepts for hydrogen production and storage
  • Electrochemical CO2 reduction and electrosynthesis of small molecules


Selected publications (since 2020):

30) Zeradjanin, A.R., Narangoda, P., Masa J. (2024) On the Origins of Intrinsic Limitations of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution in Alkaline Media, ChemCatChem e202400634 doi.org/10.1002/cctc.202400634

29) Zeradjanin, A. R. (2024). Understanding entropic barriers, Nature Energy, (9), 514-515 doi.org/10.1038/s41560-024-01502-0

28) Zeradjanin, A. R., Lim, A., Spanos, I., Masa, J. (2024). What Limits Conquest of Stability Descriptors? – Intriguing Aspects of Dissolution of Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts, ChemElectroChem, e202300832 doi.org/10.1002/celc.202300832

27) Zeradjanin, A. R. (2023). The era of stable electrocatalysis. Nature Catalysis, (6), 458-459. doi.org/10.1038/s41929-023-00973-w

26) Zeradjanin, A.R.  (2023) How to further accelerate key electrocatalytic reactions? Missing pieces of the roadmap toward efficient water electrolysis. Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering (Encyclopedia of Solid-Liquid Interfaces), Elsevier, doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-85669-0.00110-0

25)  Zeradjanin, A. R., Narangoda, P., Masa, J.Schlögl, R. (2022). What Controls Activity Trends of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reaction?-Activation Energy Versus Frequency Factor. ACS CATALYSIS,(19), 11597-11605. doi:10.1021/acscatal.2c02964.

24) Narangoda, P., Spanos, I., Masa, J., Schlögl, R., Zeradjanin, A. R. (2021) Electrocatalysis Beyond 2020: How to Tune the Preexponential Frequency Factor. ChemElectroChem (8) 1-9. doi:10.1002/celc.202101278.

23) Zeradjanin, A. R., Narangoda, P., Spanos, I., Masa, J., Schlögl, R. (2021). How to minimise destabilising effect of gas bubbles on water splitting electrocatalysts? ,Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, (30): 100797. doi:10.1016/j.coelec.2021.100797.

22) Zeradjanin, A. R., Narangoda, P., Spanos, I., Masa, J., Schlögl, R. (2021) Expanding the frontiers of hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis - searching for the origins of electrocatalytic activity in the anomalies of the conventional model. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA,388: 138583. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2021.138583.

21) Zeradjanin, A. R., Masa, J., Spanos, I., Schlögl, R. (2021) Activity and Stability of Oxides During Oxygen Evolution Reaction---From Mechanistic Controversies Toward Relevant Electrocatalytic Descriptors. Frontiers in Energy Research,8: 613092. doi:10.3389/fenrg.2020.613092.

20) Zeradjanin, A.R., Spanos, I., Masa, J., Rohwerder, M., Schlögl, R. (2020). Perspective on experimental evaluation of adsorption energies at solid/liquid interfaces Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry https://doi.org/10.1007/s10008-020-04815-8

 19) Zeradjanin, A.R., Polymeros, G., Toparli, C., Ledendecker, M., Hodnik, N., Erbe, A., Rohwerder, M., LaMantia, F. (2020). What is the Trigger for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction? – Towards Electrocatalysis Beyond the Sabatier Principle Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 22 (16), 8768-8780. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CP01108H


Selected publications prior to MPI CEC (2011-2019):

18) “Is a major breakthrough in the oxygen electrocatalysis possible?”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin - Current Opinion in Electrochemistry 9, 214-223, 2018

17) “Utilization of the catalyst layer of dimensionally stable anodes. Part 2: Impact of spatial current distribution on electrocatalytic performance”
Aleksandar R Zeradjanin, Edgar Ventosa, Justus Masa, Wolfgang Schuhmann – Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 828, 63-70, 2018

16) “Frequent Pitfalls in the Characterization of Electrodes Designed for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin – ChemSusChem, 11, 1-8, 2018

15) “Balanced work function as a driver for facile hydrogen evolution reaction – comprehension and experimental assessment of interfacial catalytic descriptor”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Ashokanand Vimalanandan, George Polymeros, Angel A. Topalov, Karl J.J. Mayrhofer, Michael Rohwerder – PCCP, 19, 17019-17027, 2017

14) “A critical review on hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis: Re-exploring the volcano-relationship”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Jan-Philipp Grote, George Polymeros, Karl J. J. Mayrhofer – Electroanalysis, 28, 2256–2269, 2016

13) “Evaluation of kinetic constants on porous, non-noble catalyst layers for oxygen reduction - a comparative study between SECM and hydrodynamic methods“
Anna Dobrzeniecka, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Justus Masa, Pawel J. Kulesza, Wolfgang Schuhmann – Catalysis Today 262, 74-81, 2016

12) “Sustainable generation of hydrogen using chemicals with regional oversupply - Feasibility of the electrolysis in acido-alkaline reactor”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin*, Angel A. Topalov, Serhiy Cherevko, Gareth P. Keeley – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39, 16275–16281, 2014

11) “Dissolution of noble metals during oxygen evolution in acidic media”
Serhiy Cherevko, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Angel A. Topalov, Nadiia Kulyk, Ioannis Katsounaros, Karl J. J. Mayrhofer - ChemCatChem 6, 2219–2223, 2014

10) “On the Faradaic selectivity and the role of surface inhomogeneity during the chlorine evolution reaction at ternary Ti-Ru-Ir mixed metal oxide electrocatalysts”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Nadine Menzel, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Peter Strasser – PCCP 16, 13741-13747, 2014

9) “Rational design of the electrode morphology for oxygen evolution – enhancing the performance for catalytic water oxidation”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Angel A. Topalov, Quentin Van Overmeere, Serhiy Cherevko, Xingxing Chen, Edgar Ventosa, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Karl J. J. Mayrhofer – RSC Advances 4, 9579-9587, 2014

8) “Die Elektrochemie des Sauerstoffs als Meilenstein für eine nachhaltige Energieumwandlung“
Ioannis Katsounaros, Serhiy Cherevko, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Karl J.J. Mayrhofer – Angewandte Chemie 126, 104-124, 2014

 7) “Oxygen electrochemistry as a cornerstone for sustainable energy conversion”
Ioannis Katsounaros, Serhiy Cherevko, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Karl J.J. Mayrhofer – Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53, 102-121, 2014

6) “Towards a comprehensive understanding of platinum dissolution in acidic media”
Angel A. Topalov, Serhiy Cherevko, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Josef C. Meier, Ioannis Katsounaros, Karl J. J. Mayrhofer, Chemical Science 5, 631-638, 2014

5) “Impact of the spatial distribution of morphological pattern on the efficiency of electrocatalytic gas evolving reactions”
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin – Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society 79, 325-330, 2014

4) „Application of SECM in tracing of hydrogen peroxide at multicomponent non-noble electrocatalyst films for the oxygen reduction reaction“
Anna Dobrzeniecka, Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Justus Masa, Andrea Puschhof, Jadwiga Stroka, Pawel J. Kulesza, Wolfgang Schuhmann – Catalysis Today 202, 55-62, 2013

3) „Evaluation of catalytic performance of gas evolving electrodes using local electrochemical noise measurements“
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Edgar Ventosa, Aliaksandr Bandarenka, Wolfgang Schuhmann - ChemSusChem 5, 1905-1911, 2012

2) „Role of water in the chlorine evolution reaction at RuO2 based electrodes – understanding electrocatalysis as a resonance phenomenon“
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Nadine Menzel, Peter Strasser, Wolfgang Schuhmann – ChemSusChem 5, 1897 –1904, 2012

1) „Utilization of the catalyst layer of dimensionally stable anodes – Interplay of morphology and active surface area“
Aleksandar R. Zeradjanin, Fabio La Mantia, Justus Masa, Wolfgang Schuhmann - Electrochimica Acta 82, 408–414, 2012


Dissertation: Efficiency of Electrocatalytic Gas Evolution on Transition Metal-Oxides - from Spatial Distribution of Morphological Pattern Towards Understanding of Electrocatalysis as Resonance Phenomenon (.pdf)