Dr. Anne Fuchs
Materials and applications for a sustainable future for Bosch
I work as a surface analytics scientist at Corporate Analytics. I offer analytical and problem solving services to all Bosch business units, revealing surface interactions on a nanometer scale – from the processing of technical surfaces to the precise tailoring of functional thin films.
As a material scientist, I have dedicated my own research to material development for renewable energy and mobility technologies like solar cells, batteries, and fuel cells.
- Innovation support for sustainability portfolio at Bosch Research
- Ph.D. in Material Science at TU Darmstadt on CdTe thin film solar cells
- Research engineer for surface analytics at Bosch Corporate Analytics
Ruth Schlenker et al. (2020)Understanding the Lifetime of Battery Cells Based on Solid-State Li6PS5Cl Electrolyte Paired with Lithium Metal Electrode
- Ruth Schlenker, Dominik Stępień, Pascal Koch, Thomas Hupfer, Sylvio Indris, Bernhard Roling, Vanessa Miß, Anne Fuchs, Martin Wilhelmi, and Helmut Ehrenberg
- ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 17 / 20012–20025
Anne Fuchs et al. (2020)Zyklieren Von Ueberlithiierten, Schichtartigen Uebergangsmetall-Oxiden Mit Hohen Oberen Abschaltspannungen (Cycling of overlithiated layered transition metal oxides with high upper cutoff voltages)
- Hasenkox Ulrich, Zeitler Ingo, Liedtke Ralf, Fuchs Anne
- Patent Nr. DE102019201479 (Anmelder: Robert Bosch GmbH)
Mirko Weidner et al. (2019)Defect Modulation Doping
- Mirko Weidner, Anne Fuchs, Thorsten J. M. Bayer, Karsten Rachut, Patrick Schnell, Getnet K. Deyu, Andreas Klein
- Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29 / 1807906
Christian Hönes et al. (2017)A Novel Fast Process for Zn(O,S) Buffer Layers, Doped With Al and B and Deposited on CIGSSe Solar Cells
- C. Hönes, J. Hackenberg, R. Keller, S. Zweigart, A. Fuchs and S. Siebentritt
- IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 7, no. 3 / 864-869
Interview with Dr. Anne Fuchs
Material scientist for surface analytics
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
I am an incredibly curious person. Understanding the principles of how things work is a deeply satisfying experience for me – and yet it always leads to new questions. I guess this is part of the fascination: the story never ends, you just play a small role in it. There is complexity in everything, and whatever topic you get involved in – you will find a whole new world. At the same time, it is quite a small community, so you always reconnect with people you have worked with before.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
At Bosch Research, I have had the chance to work on both fundamental questions of material science and help solve the practical difficulties that our colleagues in the business units encounter on an everyday basis. I can bring together both worlds, and find a balance between the why, the what and the how.
Here I can be part of a team in which questioning the status quo and trying to get to the bottom of things are encouraged, and where long-term, sustainable solutions are recognized.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
I have two lives at Bosch Research. At my home base in Corporate Analytics, I support the development of different future products by material analytics. Here, my main focus is on surfaces and functional materials.
In my second role, I support the sustainability portfolio's innovation activities within Bosch Research. Here we try to identify and prepare future products and ways of conducting our business with maximum sustainability impact.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
Overcoming climate change and dealing with the planetary boundaries of our resources are arguably the key challenges of our generation – and transforming our business is crucial for the future of Bosch. Both the cultural change and technical progress required for this are huge. For us at Corporate Analytics this means being able to provide the according state-of-the-art sample preparation, analytical tools, and data processing methods is key to the success of technology development.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
At Corporate Analytics, we contribute directly to the quality, reliability, and safety of our products, e.g. by finding the root cause for failures and suggesting alternatives. We support the entire product development process – from ideation to volume production. But to truly deserve the label “invented for life” in the future, we at Bosch Research are working on making our products more sustainable over their entire life cycle. For this I support innovation in the sustainability portfolio.