Christopher Krich

Christopher KrichResearch team: Hydrology and Climate

Having started my path with arguably a slight narrow minded view of 'studying climate change won't solve the issue of climate change - renewable energy technologies do.', I chose to study physics to acquire the understanding of fundamental processes and concepts, learn the mathematical framework and to develop an analytical mindset. I focused on material sciences and renewable energy technologies up to my master's thesis where I worked on the development of calcium cathode materials in the laboratories of Toyota Motor Europe.

All those years of studying of course couldn't pass without affecting my personality and point of view. Therefore, I am currently working in the field of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. The general issue is that empirical studies of biosphere-atmosphere interaction are typically based on correlative approaches lacking the ability to infer causal pathways. New methods emerge aiming for progression towards more causal interpretations. I am exploring the capabilities of a time series graph based causal discovery algorithm called PCMCI to elucidate causal structures within ecologic-climatological systems.

I do not regard this change of research fields a clear cut but more the necessity to acquire a more complete judgment. How do you expect to come up with something sustainable if you do not understand the capacities and limitations of the underlying system? Furthermore, the change of fields allowed me to step out of the laboratories and enrich my skills in 'computational data-driven research'.


Research topics: land atmosphere interactions on local and global scale, causation and causal discovery techniques, spatial interactions and teleconnection


Address: - Room C.1.004




  • 2017 – Present: PhD candidate, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and Ghent University
  • 2016 – 2017: Scientific Assistant, Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry
  • 2013 – 2014: Intern, Toyota Motor Europe (Zaventem, Belgium)
  • 2013 – 2013: Intern, Merck KgaA (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • 2012 – 2016: Msc. in Technical Physics, Leibniz University
  • 2009 – 2012: Bsc. in Physics, Leibniz University


  • Revealing and quantifying causal land-atmosphere interactions


  1. Tchitchekova, D.S., Frontera, C., Ponrouch, A., Krich, C., Bardé, F., Palacín, M.R. Electrochemical calcium extraction from 1D-Ca3Co2O6, DaltonTrans., 47, 11298, 2018.
  2. Arroyo-de Dompablo, M.E., Krich, C., Nava-Avendano, J., Palacin, M.R., Bardé, F., In quest of cathode materials for Ca ion batteries: the CaMO3 perovskites (M = Mo, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni), Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 19966-19972,
  3. Arroyo-de Dompablo, M.E., Krich, C., Nava-Avendaño, J., Biskup, N., Palacin, M.R., Barde, F. A joint computational and experimental evaluation of CaMn2O4 polymorphs as cathode materials for Ca ion batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 28, 19, 6886-6893, 2016.