Prof. Dr. Katharina Herkendell

Prof. Dr. Katharina Herkendell

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Lehrstuhl für Energieverfahrenstechnik

Room: Room 2.1.21
Fürther Str. 244 f
90429 Nürnberg


Assistant professor

Distributed energy process engineering

Professional career:

  • since 2020: assistant professorship for distributed energy process engineering at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2015 – 2019: PhD und postdoc at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (Nanotechnology Group) of ETH Zürich
  • 2013: visiting scholar at the Institute of Chemistry (Willner Group) of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2012: visiting scholar at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Biomaterials Processing & Characterization Lab) at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 2011: research internship at BASF, Tarrytown, New York (Bioactive Materials Group)
  • 2010: visiting scholar at the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering (Hestekin Lab) of the University of Arkansas
  • 2007 – 2014: studies in Bioengineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (KIT)

Research topics:

  • Bioelectrocatalysis
  • Electrode engineering with bio-nano hybrid structures
  • Waste-to-Energy


Publicatons on Research gate


K. Herkendell, “Status Update on Bioelectrochemical Systems: Prospects for Carbon Electrode Design and Scale-Up”, Catalysts, 11, 278,  (2021).

K. Herkendell, A. Stemmer, and R. Tel-Vered, “Magnetically induced enzymatic cascades – advancing towards multi-fuel direct/mediated bioelectrocatalysis”, Nanoscale Adv., 1, 1686, (2019).

K. Herkendell, A. Stemmer, and R. Tel-Vered, “Extending the operational lifetimes of all direct electron transfer enzymatic biofuel cells by magnetically assembling and exchanging the active biocatalyst layers on stationary electrodes”, Nano Research, 12, 767, (2019).

K. Herkendell, R. Tel-Vered, and A. Stemmer, “Switchable aerobic/anaerobic multi-substrate biofuel cell operating on anodic and cathodic enzymatic cascade assemblies”, Nanoscale, 9, 14118, (2017).

A. Trifonov,ǂ K. Herkendell,ǂ R. Tel-Vered, O. Yehezkeli, M. Woerner, and I. Willner, “Enzyme-capped relay-functionalized mesoporous carbon nanoparticles: Effective bioelectrocatalytic matrices for sensing and biofuel cell applications”, ACS Nano, 7, 11358, (2013).