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Design of Nanomaterials for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

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The supply of sustainable energy is arguably the most important scientific and technological challenge in the 21st century.  Meeting this challenge will require not only increased energy efficiency but also new energy storage platforms to displace existing carbon-based fuels with carbon-neutral energy such as solar energy.  Electrochemical devices such as Li batteries, and fuel cells that operate on hydrogen produced from solar energy, are promising technologies to buffer the supply and demand of energy, particularly for portable power and hybrid propulsion in transportation. Meeting the demands of these applications requires new ideas to design materials with tailored reactivity toward Li for Li batteries, and catalysts with markedly higher activity towards oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) in fuel cells.

The objective of this IRG is on the one hand to use electrochemistry to accurately determine how thermodynamics, phase stability, and kinetics are modified at the nanoscale, and on the other hand to apply that knowledge to engineer materials with high-energy, high-power Li storage capabilities, and to design nanocatalysts with superior ORR activity and reduced noble metal content.

 

Research Highlights:

Carbon nanotubes dramatically increase lithium battery capacity
High-energy batteries using genetically-engineered viruses
Battery material could lead to ultra-fast recharging of many devices
A step toward developing better fuel cells for electric cars and more

 

 

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