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Prof. Dr. Detlef W. Bahnemann

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Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen:

  • Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
  • Laboratorium für Nano- und Quantenengineering
  • Hannover School for Nanotechnology


  • Inst. f. Technische Chemie - Professorinnen/Professoren
  • Laboratorium für Nano- und... - Mitglieder
  • Hannover School for Nanotechnology - Mitglieder - Principal Investigator


Curriculum vitae

  • Born: April 20th 1953 in Berlin, Germany

  • Oct. 1972 - July 1977 Study of Chemistry at the Technical University Berlin. Recipient of a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

  • Oct. 1976 - June 1977 Study of Biochemistry at the Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

  • July 1, 1977 Diploma in Chemistry, Technical University Berlin (With Honors), Diploma Thesis: The Oxidation of Cyclic Organic Sulfur Compounds by Hydroxyl Radicals (Supervisor: Prof. K.- D. Asmus)

  • Nov. 1977 - June 1981 Research Scientist at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute Berlin with Prof. K.-D. Asmus, research areas: radiation chemistry, free radical chemistry

  • July 3, 1981 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Technical University Berlin (With Honors), title of thesis: Formation and Properties of Phenothiazine Radical Cations. A Pulse Radiolysis and Stopped-Flow Study (Supervisor: Prof. K.-D. Asmus)

  • July - Aug. 1981 Post Doctoral DFG-fellowship at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute Berlin

  • Sept. 1981 – Feb. 1988 Senior Scientist at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute Berlin with Prof. A. Henglein, research areas: particulate photoelectrochemistry and photochemistry, initiating research in photocatalysis employing nano-scale metal and semiconductor particles.

  • 1982 - 1988 Lecturer for Physical Chemistry, Radiation Chemistry and Chemistry for Physicists at the Technical University Berlin

  • March 1985 - Apr. 1987 Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (USA) with Prof. M. R. Hoffmann in the Department of Environmental Engineering. Working on free radical processes in the environment and on photocatalysis for pollution control.

  • March 1988 – Apr. 2002 Department Head of the Photochemistry and Thin Film Technology Department at the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hannover/Germany. In charge of the Photocatalysis Research Group.

  • since May 2002 Head of Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology Research Unit at the Institute of Technical Chemistry, Leibniz University of Hannover. Supervisor of Ph.D. and master theses.

  • since April 2002 Honorary Professor at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen/Scotland (United Kingdom).

  • April 2012 Habilitation in the field of Technical Chemistry at the Leibniz University of Hannover.

  • since January 2014 Director of Megagrant Laboratory "Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials" at St. Petersburg State University (Russia).

  • since July 2014 Supernumerary Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Leibniz University of Hannover.


Author of more than 450 publications in refereed journals and in books and more than 100 other publications with a current Hirsch-Factor (h-Index) of 74 (papers have been cited around 38,000 times altogether) according to Scopus and Web of Science. According to Google Scholar Citations the current Hirsch-Factor (h-Index) is 87 and the papers have been cited almost 50,000 times altogether. Presented more than 400 lectures at scientific meetings, in various universities, research institutes and at industrial research and development centres (approx. 50% invited keynote and plenary lectures). Editor of 5 Scientific Books.


Selected Recent Publications

1. M. R. Hoffmann, S. T. Martin, W. Choi, D. W. Bahnemann, “Environmental Applications of Semiconductor Photocatalysis”, Chem. Rev. 95 (1995) 69-96

2. H. Zhang, G. Chen, D. W. Bahnemann, “Photoelectrocatalytic Materials for Environmental Applications”, J. Mater. Chem. 19 (2009) 5089-5121

3. T. A. Kandiel, A. Feldhoff, L. Robben, R. Dillert, D. W. Bahnemann, “Tailored Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials: Anatase Nanoparticles and Brookite Nanorods as Highly Active Photocatalysts”, Chem. Mater. 22 (2010) 2050-2060

4. L. Zhang, C. Baumanis, L. Robben, T. Kandiel, D. Bahnemann, “Bi2WO6 Inverse Opals: Facile Fabrication and Efficient Visible-light-driven Photocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical Water- Splitting Activity”, Small 7 (2011) 2714-2720

5. T. A. Kandiel, A. A. Ismail, D. W. Bahnemann, “Mesoporous TiO2 Nanostructures: A Route to Minimize Pt Loading on Titania Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 (2011) 20155-20161

6. J. Schneider, D. W. Bahnemann, “Undesired Role of Sacrificial Reagents in Photocatalysis”, J. Phys. Chem. Letters 4 (2013) 3479-3483

7. J. H. Pan, X. Z. Wang, Q. Huang, C. Shen, Z. Y. Koh, Q. Wang, A. Engel, D. W. Bahnemann, “Large-scale Synthesis of Urchin-like Mesoporous TiO2 Hollow Spheres by Targeted Etching and Their Photoelectrochemical Properties”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 24 (2014) 95-104

8. J. F. Montoya, D. W. Bahnemann, J. Peral, P. Salvador, “Catalytic Role of TiO2 Terminal Oxygen Atoms in Liquid-Phase Photocatalytic Reactions: Oxidation of Aromatic Compounds in Anhydrous Acetonirile”, ChemPhysChem 15 (2014) 2311-2320

9. T. A. Kandiel, I. Ivanova, D. W. Bahnemann, “Long-term Investigation of the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production on Platinized TiO2: An Isotpoic Study”, Energy Environ. Sci. 7 (2014) 1420- 1425

10. J. Schneider, M. Matsuoka, M. Takeuchi, J. Zhang, Y. Horiuchi, M. Anpo, D. W. Bahnemann, “Understanding TiO2 Photocatalysis: Mechanisms and Materials”, Chem. Rev. 114 (2014) 9919- 9986


2002 Honorary Professorship at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen/Scotland (United Kingdom).

2011 Erudite Professorship, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (India).

2012 DeTao Master of Photocatalysis, Nanomaterials and Energy Applications (China).

2013 Guest Professorship at the Tianjin University in Tianjin (China).

2014 Honorary Professorship at Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (China).

2015 Visiting Professor under Academic Icon Programme to the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

2015 Visiting Research Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queens University Belfast (United Kingdom)

2016 Visiting Professor in the Chemistry Department, College of Science, University of Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

2017 Medal "To the Memory of Academician N. M. Emanuel" presented by the Russian Academy of Sciences and M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation)

2019 Visiting Research Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queens University Belfast (United Kingdom)


Amongst various other activities, Dr. Bahnemann has been elected and is currently active as:

  • Chairman of the German DIN-Standardisation-Committee „Photocatalysis“ (NMP 293)

  • Member of the European CEN-Standardisation-Committee „Photocatalysis“ (CEN/TC 389)

  • Member of the International ISO-Standardisation-Committee „Photocatalysis“ (ISO/TC 206)

  • Associate Editor of the Journal Catalysis Letters

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Photoenergy

  • Member of the International Scientific Committees of the following Conference Series:

International Conferences on Oxidation Technologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment

International Conferences on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS)

International Conferences on Semiconductor Photochemistry

International Conferences on TiO2 Photocatalytic Purification and Treatment of Water and Air European Meetings on Solar-chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications