Dr. Juan Balach

Department:IKM - Chemistry of Functional Materials
Address:IFW Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 20
01069 Dresden
Telephone number:+49-351-4659-notset

Research topic

My research interests mainly focus on the rational design of advanced carbon-based materials for electrochemical energy storage applications, such as supercapacitors and batteries.



Journal articles: 20

Book chapters: 3


Journal articles


J. Balach, T. Jaumann, S. Mühlenhoff, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Enhanced polysulphide redox reaction using a RuO2 nanoparticle-decorated mesoporous carbon as functional separator coating for advanced lithium–sulphur batteries, Chemical Communications, 52, 8134-8137. URL

J. Balach, H. K. Singh, S. Gomoll, T. Jaumann, M. Klose, S. Oswald, M. Richter, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Synergistically Enhanced Polysulfide Chemisorption Using a Flexible Hybrid Separator with N and S Dual-Doped Mesoporous Carbon Coating for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8 (23), 14586–14595. URL

M. Klose, R. Reinhold, K. Pinkert, M. Uhlemann, F. Wolke, J. Balach, T. Jaumann, U. Stoeck, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Hierarchically nanostructured hollow carbon nanospheres for ultra-fast and long-life energy storage, Carbon, 106, 306-313. URL

U. Stoeck, J. Balach, M. Klose, D. Wadewitz, E. Ahrens, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Reconfiguration of Lithium Sulphur Batteries: Enhancement of Li-S cell Performance by Employing a Highly Porous Conductive Separator Coating, Journal of Power Sources, 309, 76-81. URL

T. Jaumann, J. Balach, M. Klose, S. Oswald, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Role of 1,3-Dioxolane and LiNO3 Addition on the Long Term Stability of Nanostructured Silicon/Carbon Anodes for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 163, A557-A564. URL

C.-Y. Yin, M.-F. Ng, B.-M. Goh, M. Saunders, N. Hill, Z.-T. Jiang, J. Balach, M. El-Harbawi. Probing the interactions of phenol with oxygenated functional groups on curved fullerene-like sheets in activated carbon, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (5), 3700-3705. URL

J. Balach, T. Jaumann, M. Klose, S. Oswald, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Improved cycling stability of lithium–sulfur batteries using a polypropylene-supported nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon hybrid separator as polysulfide adsorbent, Journal of Power Sources, 303, 317-324. URL


T. Jaumann, J. Balach, M. Klose, S. Oswald, U. Langklotz, A. Michaelis, J. Eckert and L. Giebeler. SEI-Component Formation on Sub 5 nm Sized Silicon Nanoparticles in Li–ion Battery: Role of Electrode Preparation, FEC Addition and Binder, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 24956-24967. URL

L.H. Tamborini, M.P. Militello, J. Balach, J.M. Moyano, C.A. Barbero, D.F. Acevedo. Application of Sulfonated Nanoporous Carbons as Acid Catalysts for Fischer Esterification Reactions, Arabian Journal of Chemistry. DOI:10.1016/j.arabjc.2015.08.018. URL

J. Balach, T. Jaumann, M. Klose, S. Oswald, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Functional Mesoporous Carbon-Coated Separator for Long-Life, High-Energy Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Advanced Functional Materials, 25 (33), 5285–52911. URL

M. Molina, M. Asadian-Birjand, J. Balach, J. Bergueiro, E. Miceli, M. Calderon. Stimuli-Responsive Nanogel Composites and their Application in Nanomedicine, Chemical Society Reviews, 44, 6161-6186. URL

J. Balach, T. Jaumann, M. Klose, S. Oswald, J. Eckert, L. Giebeler. Mesoporous Carbon Interlayers with Tailored Pore Volume as Polysulfide Reservoir for High-Energy Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119 (9), 4580-4587. URL


J. Balach, H. Wu, F. Polzer, H. Kirmse, Q. Zhao, Z. Wei, J. Yuan: Poly (ionic liquid)-derived nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres: synthesis and loading with Fe2O3 for high-performance lithium ion batteries, RSC Advances 3 (21), 7979-7986. URL

J. Balach, F. Soldera, D.F. Acevedo, F. Mücklich, C.A. Barbero, A Direct and Quantitative Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Internal Structure of Disordered Mesoporous Carbon with Tailored Pore Size, Microscopy and Microanalysis 19 (03), 745-750. URL

J. Balach, N.G. Cotella, M.M. Bruno, H.R. Corti, M.C. Miras, C. A Barbero, L. Tamborini, F. Soldera, D. F. Acevedo, F. Mücklich: Study and Characterization of Nanostructured Porous Vitreous Carbon, Revista Iberoamericana de Ingeniería Mecánica 17 (1), 17-25. URL


J. Balach, L. Tamborini, K. Sapag, D.F. Acevedo, C.A. Barbero: Facile preparation of hierarchical porous carbons with tailored pore size obtained using a cationic polyelectrolyte as a soft template, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 415 (0), 343-348. URL

J. Balach, F. Miguel, F. Soldera, D.F. Acevedo, F. Mücklich, C.A. Barbero: A direct and quantitative image of the internal nanostructure of nonordered porous monolithic carbon using FIB nanotomography, Journal of microscopy 246 (3), 274-278. URL

J. Balach, M.M. Bruno, N.G. Cotella, D.F. Acevedo, C.A. Barbero: Electrostatic self-assembly of hierarchical porous carbon microparticles, Journal of Power Sources 199, 386-394. URL


M.M. Bruno, H.R. Corti, J. Balach, N.G. Cotella, C.A. Barbero: Hierarchical porous materials: capillaries in nanoporous carbon, Functional Materials Letters 2 (03), 135-138. URL


D.F. Acevedo, J. Balach, C.R. Rivarola, M.C. Miras, C.A. Barbero: Functionalised conjugated materials as building blocks of electronic nanostructures, Faraday Discussions 131, 235-252. URL


Book chapters

C. A. Barbero, J. Balach, M. M. Bruno, G. A. Planes, M. C. Miras: Synthesis of Mesoporous Carbon by Stabilization of the Nanoparticles Forming the Resorcinol/Formaldehyde Gels, in Comprehensive Guide for Mesoporous Materials, Volume 1: Synthesis and Characterization. 02/2015. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-63463-990-3.

C. A. Barbero, R. C. Rodriguez, R. Rivero, M. V. Martinez, M. A. Molina, J. Balach, M. M. Bruno, G. A. Planes, D. F. Acevedo, C. R. Rivarola, M. C. Miras: Hierarchical Carbon and Hydrogels for Sensing, Remediation in Drinking Water, and Aquaculture Drug Delivery, in Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects, 1st edited by David E. Reisner, T. Pradeep, 09/2014: chapter 2: pages 15–54; CRC Press., ISBN: 978-1-4665-1224-5.

J. Balach: Desarrollo de Estructuras con Ordenamientos Jerárquicos: Autoensamblado de Nano y Micromateriales. 01/2012. Editorial Academia Espanola (EAE). ISBN: 978-38473611.




Best poster award, 8th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2015 & IUMRS-ICA2015). Singapore, 2015.

Best poster award, XVI Congreso Argentino de Fisicoquímica y Química Inorgánica. Argentina, 2009.

Special mention, Dupont-CONICET program to assist in technological and scientific development. Argentina, 2007.

Special mention to the best research work, XV Simposio Nacional de Química Orgánica (XV SINAQO). Argentina, 2005.