Mechthild Luebke

Favourite Thing: I love to learn everyday something new.



2008-2014 University of Muenster (Germany); 2014-2017 UCL with 2015-2017 Institute of Materials Research and Science (Singapore)


Master of Chemistry

Work History:

Current Job:

PhD student


UCL and IMRE (Singapore)

About Me

I am a PhD student from UCL and I love science.

I grew up in Northern Germany in a tiny village. My mum worked on our farm and my dad was a mason. I am 27 years old now and live in Singapore.

Currently, I am a PhD student from UCL and IMRE (Singapore). I love Asian food and the super sweet Singaporean coffee. I am one of those people who start celebrating Christmas in October. During my free time, I play a lot of football with my Singaporean friends and travel through South East Asia. I enjoy meeting people from different cultural backgrounds.

My Work

I am a materials chemist and I work mainly on energy storage devices.

We face times with increasing demand of energy consumption and storage. Many countries try to move towards renewable energy sources like solar energy and wind power. This energy needs to be stored.

There are many ways to store the energy. Your smartphone contains a lithium ion battery. I work on the energy and power of this type of battery. High energy means that you can use your smartphone for many days (without charging) and high power means that you can charge your phone within seconds or minutes. There are many more types of batteries, e.g. metal air batteries. In a metal air battery, the cathode is basically the air you breath. This air is not very reactive in this battery type and I try to activate it with catalysts.

My Typical Day

Coffee, reading research articles, going to the institute, battery assembling and testing, rice and coffee, lots of discussions

My typical day starts with having coffee and reading research articles at home. When I am done, I go to the institute and collect the latest data from experiments.

I work with many different instruments and chemicals, that is why I work with many other researchers. In general, we discuss new ideas and results from experiments every day. What do they mean? Is that useful? We are a very motivated team and support each other a lot. It is very important to discuss results and be open to new ideas, because sometimes the craziest idea might make the biggest difference.


My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, loud and funny.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Celine Dion

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Riding a scooter through the mountains of Ream National Park, Cambodia.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wanted to become a teacher for history and chemistry.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

A lot! I was quite loud and rebellious. Moreover, I was terrible in music, arts and religion.

What was your favourite subject at school?


My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Our teacher showed us how to heat up christmas wine without affecting the ethanol content.

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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