Research interests

  • solar fuels
  • (photo)electrochemistry
  • metal oxide semiconductors
  • thin films and nanostructured materials
  • defect chemistry
  • time-resolved spectroscopy
  • surface chemistry
  • solid/liquid interfaces
  • electrocatalysis

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2004 Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni, personal grant, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
2000 NATO Science Fellowship

Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol
TU Berlin
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Institute for Solar Fuels
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
14109 Berlin
+49 (0)30 8064-43035
+49 (030) 8062-42434

Publications (selection)

M. Favaro, F. F. Abdi, M. Lamers, E. J. Crumlin, Z. Liu, R. van de Krol, D. E. Starr, Light-induced surface reactions at the Bismuth Vanadate/Potassium Phosphate Interface, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2018, 122, 801–809.

J.W. Jang, D. Friedrich, S. Müller, M. Lamers, H. Hempel, S. Lardhi, Z. Cao, M. Harb, L. Cavallo, R. Heller, R. Eichberger, R. van de Krol, F. F. Abdi, Enhancing charge carrier lifetime in metal oxide photoelectrodes through mild hydrogen treatment, Advanced Energy Materials 2017, 7, 22, 1701536.

J. H. Kim, J. W. Jang, Y. H. Jo, F. F. Abdi, Y. H. Lee, R. van de Krol, J. S. Lee, Hetero-type dual photoanodes for unbiased solar water splitting with extended light harvesting, Nature Communications 2016, 7, 13380.

M. Ziwritsch, S. Müller, H. Hempel, T. Unold, F. F. Abdi, R. van de Krol, D. Friedrich, R. Eichberger, Direct time-resolved observation of carrier trapping and polaron conductivity in BiVO4, ACS Energy Letters 2016, 1, 888–894.

K. Sivula, R. van de Krol, Semiconducting materials for photoelectrochemical energy conversion, Nature Reviews Materials 2016, 1, 15010.

M. de Respinis, M. Fravventura, F. F. Abdi, H. Schreuders, T. J. Savenije, W. A. Smith, B. Dam, R. van de Krol, Oxynitrogenography: controlled synthesis of single-phase tantalum oxynitride photoabsorbers, Chemistry of Materials 2015, 27, 7091–7099.

M. de Respinis, K. S. Joya, H. J. M. de Groot, F. D’Souza, W. A. Smith, R. van de Krol, B. Dam, Solar water splitting combining a BiVO4 light absorber with a Ru-based molecular cocatalyst, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119, 7275–7281.

K. S. Joya, Y. F. Joya, K. Ocakoglu, R. van de Krol, Water-splitting catalysis and solar fuel devices: artificial leaves on the move, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 10426–10437.

F. F. Abdi, T. J. Savenije, M. M. May, B. Dam, R. van de Krol, The origin of slow carrier transport in BiVO4 thin film photoanodes: a time-resolved microwave conductivity study, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2013, 4, 2752–2757.

F. F. Abdi, L. Han, A. H. M. Smets, M. Zeman, B. Dam, R. van de Krol, Efficient solar water splitting by enhanced charge separation in a bismuth vanadate-silicon tandem photoelectrode, Nature Communications 2013, 4, 2195.

Latest News

The UniSysCat groups of R. van de Krol and R. Schomäcker propose to couple photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting with the hydrogenation of chemicals.

Five UniSysCat groups jointly investigated what happens when the orientation of a single functional group in a photocatalyst is reversed - the impact on catalytic performance is huge