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School Seminar: Non-Oxide Materials for Energy Storage

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  • UserProf. Duncan Gregory, School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow
  • ClockTuesday 15 March 2016, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseMechE-G33.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti.

School Seminar hosted by Dr Paul Anderson

With the steady depletion of fossil fuels, concerns over climate change and other environmental issues and the need for secure sources of fuel supply, the need to explore alternative sources of energy is becoming more urgent. This situation presents a fundamental challenge for chemistry and for materials chemistry especially, since not only are means to produce energy and/or fuels sustainably required, but also we will require new materials to store this energy effectively. In addition to the concept of sustainable fuels, one can thus consider storing electrical energy directly (for example, in batteries).

Our research at Glasgow is concerned with many of these aspects at the interface of materials chemistry and energy. This talk will consider how one might design and produce new materials that have high ionic conductivity and/or high charge storage capacity for use as components (e.g. electrodes or electrolytes) in secondary batteries (for energy storage). Non-oxide materials prove to be especially relevant in the context of lithium ion- and potentially sodium ion batteries and can offer properties and performance not accessible from perhaps better-known oxide materials.

So-called “soft chemistry” (Chimie Douce) approaches to synthesis can prove essential in the discovery of new materials and the effects of nanostructuring are extremely relevant and important in the context of improving the properties of ionic and electronic conductors. Nano-design strategies in developing new sustainable energy materials will be discussed and systematic studies from new materials synthesis approaches through characterization to the testing of conductivity and electrochemical properties will be described.

This talk is part of the School of Chemistry Seminars series.

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