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Energy Materials

Energy Materials Research at the NanoDTC involves innovation within photovoltaics, solar fuels, batteries and supercapacitors, all of which involve transport and reactions at or across interfaces. The focus is on finding ways to produce nanomaterials for each area that can be made with controlled architectures but also cheaply and with scalable production. For instance polymer solar cells require charge separation at material interfaces which are interpenetrating on the 10nm scale, but possess charge transport back to the electrodes hundreds of nanometres away. New Li+ battery materials have to facilitate ion transport through the atomic lattices but withstand the resulting cyclic expansions and contractions through charging cycles. Photocatalytic water splitting requires specific materials with high surface area that allow transport of electrolytes and gases. In all these areas, synergies between nanomaterial approaches are important and often unpredictable, for instance, the use of carbon nanotube or graphene electrodes for batteries, or the development of block-copolymer architectures for organic conducting polymer blends in light harvesting.

Research Groups involved include Optoelectronics (Physics), Grey Group (Chemistry), Reisner Lab (Chemistry), Hoffman Group (Engineering), Electron Microscopy (Materials) and several others.

Please contact our Energy Materials Theme Coordinator Dr. Dan Credgington or our Teaching Fellow Dr. Karishma Jain to find out more about this theme.

Here is a list of Academics and students/associates connected to this theme.