New generation batteries: chemistry, materials, technology, sustainability and engineering
Reference persons FEDERICO BELLA
Research Groups gruppo di elettrochimica
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL, IN LAB
Description The electrochemical energy storage represents one of the main lines of research worldwide, driven above all by the growing number of portable electronic devices owned by people. All these devices are based on lithium batteries, and this has led to a disproportionate increase of the cost of lithium (whose reserves are not abundant on the planet). The scientific community is trying to use other elements of the 1st and 2nd groups of the periodic table, which are widely available, as an alternative to lithium for new generation batteries, useful for example to store the energy produced by photovoltaic and wind power plants, but not only.
This thesis is aimed at the development of materials for the realization of post-lithium batteries. The candidate will work in the laboratories of the DISAT department. He will deal with the preparation of electrolytes and/or electrodes (i.e., the main components of a battery), characterization of materials, assembly of prototypes and their testing. The advantage of this type of experimental thesis is that the candidate will personally follow the entire process that goes from the preparation of the individual components to the assembly and testing of prototypes on a laboratory scale.
If the candidate possesses a scholarships (such as those granted by PoliTO for thesis abroad) or own fundings, it is possible to spend a period of activity abroad in one of the laboratories with which the supervisor's research group collaborates.
The thesis work will be adapted according to the cultural background of the candidate: chemical, materials, energy, environmental, nanotechnology engineering.
Required skills Ability to work in a team; Autonomy; Knowing how to present the results (graphs, slides, reports); Hard-working.
Notes The candidate will work on a work line currently active in the research team, gaining the experience of working in the field of applied research in an academic laboratory.
It is strongly recommended to start the thesis when the lessons attendance is concluded.
Deadline 30/09/2021 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA