Christin Buechner

About Me

I am a physical chemist focused on understanding functional materials at the atomic level. I did my PhD in Berlin at the Fritz-Haber-Institute, where I studied 2D silica glass with high-resolution microscopy. In my PhD work, I described the amorphous network structures in glass using real-space data, and studied the chemical properties and stability of the 2D silica.

Supported by a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation, I have joined LBL to study the solid/liquid interface of membranes using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, allowing us to understand the fundamental mechanisms of water diffusion, ion transport and surface adhesion. A better view of these processes in membrane systems will help us design better materials for separation challenges, such as desalination of seawater.