Martin Winter holds a professorship in Materials Science, Energy and Electrochemistry at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU). He is the Founder and Scientific Director of the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) Battery Research Center at WWU, managing a team of 150 scientists, engineers, and technicians working on the research and development of innovative electrochemical energy storage systems with higher energy density, longer durability, and maximum safety. In 2015, he founded and continues to serve as Founding Director of the Helmholtz-Institut Münster (HI MS) “Ionics in Energy Storage,” an institute branch of Forschungszentrum Jülich with some 70 employees.
For more than 30 years, Prof. Winter has researched in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion, focusing on the development of new materials, components, and cell designs for lithium ion, lithium-metal batteries, and alternative battery systems. He received his PhD in 1995 from the Paul Scherrer Institut where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. The Technische Universität Graz appointed him Professor in 1997, then in 2007, University Professor and Head of the Institute of Chemical Technology for Inorganic Materials. From 2008-2012, he held an endowed professorship funded by Volkswagen, Evonik Industries, and Chemetall (today Albemarle) at the WWU Institute of Physical Chemistry; he held the Professorship for Applied Materials Science for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion there from 2013-2016.
Prof. Winter is a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and the International Society of Electrochemistry. He has received more than 50 scientific awards and recognitions, including the ECS 2020 Europe Section Alessandro Volta Medal, 2015 Carl Wagner Memorial Award, 2015 Battery Division Research Award, and 2002 Battery Division Technology Award; 2018 Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class; 2018 WWU Research Award; and 2015 International Battery Materials Association Technology Award.