M. Sc. Ibrahim Al Kathemi

Topics of research

– Highly concentrated electrolytes for zinc ion batteries (ZIBs)

– Cathode material for ZIB

– Electrochemical analysis

Educational background

Doctoral degree

Matriculated at Humboldt University of Berlin, Oct. 2022 – Present

Program: Chemistry, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Philipp Adelhelm

Working at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI), Colloid Chemistry Department, Advanced Electrolytes for Sustainable Batteries Group – Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti, Dr. Roza Bouchal

Thesis topic: Materials development for aqueous zinc batteries and degradation mechanisms

 Master’s degree

Research Institute Wetsus, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands | 2020- 2022

Matriculated at Wageningen University & Research, University of Twente and University of Groningen

Program: Water Technology (joint degree)

Master thesis topic: Mitigation of chlorine gas formation during electrochemical

phosphate removal of cheese water, Supervisors: Dr. Ir. Annemiek ter Heijne (Wageningen University and Research), Dr. Michel Saakes (Wetsus) And

Dr. Tom Sleutels (University of Groningen)

Pre-Master’s degree

Delft University of Technology | Delft, The Netherlands | 2019-2020

Program: Chemical Engineering

 Bachelor’s degree

HU University of Applied Sciences | Utrecht, The Netherlands | 2015 – 2019

Program: Chemical Engineering Bachelor thesis topic: Energy Storage with capacitive carbon slurry, Supervisor: Dr. Michel Saakes (Wetsus), Dr. Ir. Petra Meeuwse

Awards & Accomplishments

ISPT Process Technology Talent Program Student

Institute for Sustainable Process Technology | Amersfoort, The Netherlands | Sept. 2016 – Jun. 2019

Ambassador of Technology

TechniekTalent.nu | Utrecht, The Netherlands | Jun. 2017 – Jun. 2018

Exchange Scholarship – Business Economics

Beijing University of Technology | Beijing, China | Sept. 2018 – Feb. 2019

Honours Bachelor Degree

HU University of Applied Sciences | Utrecht, The Netherlands | Jul. 2019

Travel grant recipient –

244th ECS Meeting | Gothenburg, Sweden | Oct. 2023

Conferences & Visits

October 2023 – Gothenburg, Sweden

244th ECS Meeting

Presentation Title: Guanidinium as Chaotropic Agent for Highly Concentrated Aqueous Electrolytes for Zinc Batteries



Bouchal, R.; Al Kathemi, I.; Antonietti, M.: Brønsted–lowry acid-based aqueous eutectic electrolyte for practical Zinc batteries. Small, 2309556 (2023), https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202309556