Faculty Profiles

Volker Blum
Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science



Ph.D., Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) 2001

Zhu, T, Huhn, WP, Wessler, GC, Shin, D, Saparov, B, Mitzi, DB, and Blum, V. "I 2 –II–IV–VI 4 (I = Cu, Ag; II = Sr, Ba; IV = Ge, Sn; VI = S, Se): Chalcogenides for Thin-Film Photovoltaics." Chemistry of Materials 29.18 (September 26, 2017): 7868-7879. Full Text

Zhou, Z, Yu, J, Colell, JFP, Laasner, R, Logan, A, Barskiy, DA, Shchepin, RV, Chekmenev, EY, Blum, V, Warren, WS, and Theis, T. "Long-Lived 13C2 Nuclear Spin States Hyperpolarized by Parahydrogen in Reversible Exchange at Microtesla Fields." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8.13 (July 2017): 3008-3014. Full Text

Lau, VW-H, Yu, VW-Z, Ehrat, F, Botari, T, Moudrakovski, I, Simon, T, Duppel, V, Medina, E, Stolarczyk, JK, Feldmann, J, Blum, V, and Lotsch, BV. "Urea-Modified Carbon Nitrides: Enhancing Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution by Rational Defect Engineering." Advanced Energy Materials 7.12 (June 2017): 1602251-1602251. Full Text

Shin, D, Zhu, T, Huang, X, Gunawan, O, Blum, V, and Mitzi, DB. "Earth-Abundant Chalcogenide Photovoltaic Devices with over 5% Efficiency Based on a Cu2 BaSn(S,Se)4 Absorber." Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) 29.24 (June 2017). Full Text

Botari, T, Huhn, WP, Lau, VW-H, Lotsch, BV, and Blum, V. "Thermodynamic Equilibria in Carbon Nitride Photocatalyst Materials and Conditions for the Existence of Graphitic Carbon Nitride g-C 3 N 4." Chemistry of Materials 29.10 (May 23, 2017): 4445-4453. Full Text

Jensen, SR, Saha, S, Flores-Livas, JA, Huhn, W, Blum, V, Goedecker, S, and Frediani, L. "The Elephant in the Room of Density Functional Theory Calculations." The journal of physical chemistry letters 8.7 (April 2017): 1449-1457. Full Text

Shin, D, Saparov, B, Zhu, T, Huhn, WP, Blum, V, and Mitzi, DB. "BaCu 2 Sn(S,Se) 4 : Earth-Abundant Chalcogenides for Thin-Film Photovoltaics." Chemistry of Materials 28.13 (July 12, 2016): 4771-4780. Full Text

Lau, VWH, Moudrakovski, I, Botari, T, Weinberger, S, Mesch, MB, Duppel, V, Senker, J, Blum, V, and Lotsch, BV. "Rational design of carbon nitride photocatalysts by identification of cyanamide defects as catalytically relevant sites." Nature Communications 7 (July 8, 2016). Full Text


Baldauf, C, Schubert, F, Pagel, K, Warnke, S, Rossi, M, Salwiczek, M, Koksch, B, von Helden, G, and Blum, V. "Is there a Beta-Peptide Equivalent of the Alpha-Helix?." January 28, 2014.

Rossi, M, Chutia, S, and Blum, V. "Benchmarking the Water-Peptide Interaction." January 29, 2013.

Schubert, F, Rossi, M, Baldauf, C, Blum, V, and Scheffler, M. "How a Simple Sequence Change Induces Antipodal Folding Characteristics: Ac-Ala(19)-Lys + H+ Vs. Ac-Lys-Ala(19) + H+." January 29, 2013.

Baldauf, C, Pagel, K, Warnke, S, von Helden, G, Meijer, G, Koksch, B, Blum, V, and Scheffler, M. "Local Conformational Preferences of Peptides Near Attached Cations: Structure Determination by First-Principles Theory and IR-Spectroscopy." January 31, 2012.