Laboratory of advanced materials and system for energy storage

Popularization of portable electronics, electric transport and intensive growth of ratio of renewable energy in grids worldwide stimulate the development of next generation energy storage devices, such as rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, toward higher power and energy density, which significantly depends upon the advancement of new materials used in these devices. Moreover, energy storage materials play a key role in efficient, clean, and versatile use of energy, and are crucial for the exploitation of renewable energy. Therefore, the ultimate goal of the laboratory is to develop advanced energy storage materials, employing strategies as nanostructuring, nano/microcombination, hybridization, pore-structure control, configuration design, surface modification, and composition optimization.

Research areas:

  1. Synthesis of functional nano-materials and their characterization
  • Energy materials
  • Powders, thin film and fiber materials for energy applications
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnology
  • Ceramics and carbon materials
  • Adsorbents and foam materials
  • Preparation and characterization methods and application
  1. Development of advanced materials for high performance energy storage devices, including lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, and aqueous rechargeable batteries; design of next generation energy conversion and storage devices (flexible/transparent/micro batteries etc.);
  2. Development of innovative high energy density batteries for grid connection of renewable sources and green transport;
  3. Mathematical modelling, including computational fluid dynamics of batteries and related topics.

Collaborators:

The Laboratory collaborates extensively with world-class researchers from top universities and research centers around world as Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), University of Warwick (UK), Chungnam National University (Korea), Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan), Sejong University (Korea), University of Tokyo (Japan), Hanyang University (Korea), Hebei University of Technology (China), French National Centre for Scientific Research (France), etc.

 

Current Funded Research Projects:

  1. “Innovative high-capacity anodes based on lithium titanate for a next generation of batteries” funded by MES for 2018-2020.
  2. “Development of 3D structured Si-based thin film anode materials for next generation Li-ion microbatteries” funded by MES for 2018-2020.
  3. State targeted program “Innovative Materials and Systems for Energy Conversion and Storage” funded by MES for 2018-2020.
  4. Sub-project “Next generation thin film energy storage and conversion systems for high efficiency applications” of targeted program “NU-Berkeley strategic initiative in warm-dense matter, advanced materials, and energy sources for 2014-2018: Integration of the deposition of thin films and nanoparticles for energy-efficient applications” funded by MES for 2014-2018.