Chemistry and Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Schaefer
Fundamental materials studies on fast ion diffusion in model side-chain ionomers
It is now possible to generate renewably sourced electricity at similar, and even sometimes lower, cost to fossil fuel sourced electricity. However, in order to fully take advantage of this renewably sourced electricity, it needs to be stored for grid load leveling and for use in transportation. Advanced electrolytes are sought to enable the commercialization of energy storage devices with improved performance metrics: higher safety, higher energy density and power, higher voltage, longer lifetime, lower cost. This project is focused on understanding ion transport mechanisms in new electrolytes to enable the desired advances in battery performance.