The demand for energy storage has exponentially increased due to the technological advancements and ongoing transformation of the energy sector.
Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) currently outperform other competing technologies. However, various factors impend their further development in large-scale applications, including:
- limited and unevenly distributed lithium resources
- high price
Therefore, exploring next-generation energy-storage systems beyond lithium technology is critical.
While potassium-ion batteries (KIBs) are a promising alternative to LIBs, they suffer from safety issues and structural stability during charge/discharge.
This project aims to develop novel electrode and electrolyte materials for safe, high-energy/power-dense potassium-ion batteries.
As part of the research project, you will:
- synthesise various electrode materials
- develop liquid and solid electrolytes
- characterise materials
- assemble complete KIB cells
- assess the cells' performance.
Our research group is well-equipped with all the necessary facilities to complete these activities.
Upon concluding this research, we expect to uncover:
- high-quality results that are published in international journals/conferences
- direct industrial applications.
Skills and experience
As the ideal candidate, a strong background in chemistry, material science and physics is preferred. 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.