Sophie Solchenbach

Research Field

Li-Ion Battery Research, High Voltage Electrolytes & Additives, Degradation Mechanisms in Li-Ion Cells

  • Online-electrochemical mass spectrometry of electrolyte decomposition reactions
  • Electrochemical impedance analysis of interfaces
  • Battery testing in full cells

Scientific Contribution


Electrolyte and SEI Decomposition Reactions of Transition Metal Ions Investigated by On-Line Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry / Solchenbach, S.; Hong, G.; Freiberg, A.T.S.; Jung, R.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2018, 165(14), A3304-A3312 (Open Access) - DOI

Quantification of PF5 and POF3 from Side Reactions of LiPF6 in Li-Ion Batteries / Solchenbach, S.; Metzger, M.; Egawa, M.; Beyer, H.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2018, 165(13), A3022-A23028 (Open Access) - DOI

An Analysis Protocol for Three-Electrode Li-Ion Battery Impedance Spectra: Part II. Analysis of a Graphite Anode Cycled vs. LNMO / Pritzl, D. ; Landesfeind J. ; Solchenbach, S. ; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2018, 165(10), A2145-A2153 (Open Access) - DOI

Morphological Changes of Silicon Nanoparticles and the Influence of Cutoff Potentials in Silicon-Graphite Electrodes / Wetjen, M. ; Solchenbach, S ; Pritzl, D. ; Hou, J. ; Tileli, V. ; Gasteiger, H.A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2018, 165(7), A1503-A1514 (Open Access) - DOI

Lithium Oxalate as Capacity and Cycle-Life Enhancer in LNMO/Graphite and LNMO/SiG Full Cells / Solchenbach, S ; Wetjen, M ; Pritzl, D ; Schwenke, K. U. ; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2018, 165(3), A512-A524 (Open Access) - DOI

Differentiating the Degradation Phenomena in Silicon-Graphite Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries / Wetjen, M.; Pritzl, D.; Jung, R.; Solchenbach, S.; Ghadimi, R.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2017, 164 (12), A2840-A2852 (Open Access) - DOI

Analysis of Vinylene Carbonate (VC) as Additive in Graphite/LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Cells / Pritzl, D. ; Solchenbach, S. ; Wetjen, M. ; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2017, 164 (12), A2625 - A2635 (Open Access) - DOI

The Effect of CO2 on Alkyl Carbonate Trans-Esterification during Formation of Graphite Electrodes in Li-Ion Batteries / Strehle, B.; Solchenbach, S.; Metzger, M.; Schwenke, K. U.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2017, 164 (12), A2513 - A2526 (Open Access) - DOI

A Gold Micro-Reference Electrode for Potential and Impedance Measurements in Lithium Ion Batteries / Solchenbach, S.; Pritzl, D.; Kong, E.; Landesfeind, J ; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2016, 163 (10), A2265-A2272, DOI:10.1149/2.0581610jes

Consumption of Fluoroethylene Carbonate (FEC) on Si-C Composite Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries / Jung, R.; Metzger, M.; Haering, D.; Solchenbach, S.; Marino, C.; Tsiouvaras, N.; Stinner, C.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2016, 163 (8), A1705-A171, DOI:10.1149/2.0951608jes

Hydrolysis of Ethylene Carbonate with Water and Hydroxide under Battery Operating Conditions / Metzger, M.; Strehle, B.; Solchenbach, S.; Gasteiger, H. A. / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2016, 163 (7), A1219-A1225, DOI:10.1149/2.0411607jes

Origin of H2 Evolution in LIBs: H2O Reduction vs. Electrolyte Oxidation / Metzger, M.; Strehle, B.; Solchenbach, S.; Gasteiger, H. A.  / J. Electrochem. Soc., 2016, 163 (5), A798-A809, DOI:10.1149/2.1151605jes

Role of 1,3-Propane Sultone and Vinylene Carbonate in Solid Electrolyte Interface Formation and Gas Generation / Zhang, B.; Metzger, M.; Solchenbach, S.; Payne, M.; Meini, S.; Gasteiger, H. A.; Garsuch, A.; Lucht, B. L. / J. Phys. Chem. C., 2015, 119 (21), A11337-A1134, DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b00072

The Role of Electrolyte Solvent Stability and Electrolyte Impurities in the Electrooxidation of Li2O2 in Li-O2 Batteries / Meini, S.; Solchenbach, S.; Piana, M.; Gasteiger, H. A. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2014, 161 (9), A1306–A1314, DOI:10.1149/2.0621409jes


Oral/Poster Presentations

Lithium Oxalate As Capacity Enhancer in LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4/Graphite and LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4/Si: G Full Cells, 232nd Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (October 01-05, 2017) in National Harbor, USA

Electrolyte Decomposition on Graphite Anodes in the Presence of Transition Metal Ions, 231st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (May 28-June 01, 2017) in New Orleans, USA

A Micro-Reference Electrode for potential and Impedance Measurements in Li-Ion Batteries, PRiME 2016 (October 02-07, 2016) in Honolulu, USA.

A comparative study of the anodic and cathodic decomposition of EC, VC and FEC, 228th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society (October 11-15, 2015) in Phoenix, USA.

Honors and Awards

2019: Erlenmeyer Medal, Faculty of Chemistry, TU München

2019: Johannes B. Ortner Prize

Curriculum Vitae


since 05/2014: Ph.D. student

10/2010 - 12/2013: M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Technische Universität München,  Thesis: "The role of soluble redox couples and electrolyte anodic stability on the rechargeability of Li2O2 electrodes for Li-Air batteries"

04/2012 - 10/2012: Research Internship, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney (Australia)

08/2011 - 12/2011: Erasmus exchange, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (Sweden)

10/2007 - 08/2010: B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, at Technische Universität München


01/2014 - 4/2014: BASF SE, Battery R&D, Ludwigshafen

01/2012 - 02/2012: Clariant AG, Central R&D, Munich

09/2010 - 10/2010 & 03/2010 - 04/2010: Linde Group, Engineering Division, Pullach