Energy storage devices, such as supercapacitors, play an increasingly important role in our daily life as a reliable energy supplier. Supercapacitors are a type of energy storage system that possess merits of rapid energy storage and release (high power density) with a cycling lifetime of ten thousand or more. Nevertheless the energy density of conventional electrochemical capacitor is quite low.
This project aims to enhance the energy density of supercapacitor by designing and synthesising nanostructured materials using transition metals.
As part of the research project, you will:
- synthesise transition metal compounds with tailored composition, morphology and structure
- characterise the physical and chemistry properties of the materials
- correlate the properties of the materials with their electrochemical performance
- assemble complete supercapacitor devices.
- assess the performance of the electrode materials.
Upon concluding this research, we expect to have uncovered:
- high energy storage electrode materials for supercapacitors
- understanding and knowledge of the relationship of material defects and electrochemical properties.
Skills and experience
As the ideal candidate, you should have an academic background in chemistry or material science.
Research experience in energy storage is highly desirable.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact the supervisor for more information.