Chemical batteries are listed in the top five key energy technologies ahead of others such as:
- natural gas
- wind turbines
- electric motors.
We are currently investigating the use of polymers containing free-radicals as avenues to produce environmentally friendly, lightweight and durable materials for the fabrication of printed carbon batteries or as a catholyte in redox flow batteries.
This project will have you perform the following activities:
- synthesis of small molecule and polymeric materials using organic techniques
- characterisation of organic materials using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy (IR), mass spectrometry (MS) and other standard techniques
- electrochemical analysis of the organic materials.
The aim of this project will be to work in conjunction with senior research students to synthesise new grafted carbon and polymer materials that carry redox active groups.
If successful these materials will able to be incorporated into a working electrochemical cell and function as a totally carbon or plastic-based battery system.
Skills and experience
This project would be for you if you are studying within the chemistry major of ST01.
An interest in organic synthesis and characterization is desirable.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact the supervisor for more information.