Novel rechargeable batteries: chemistry, materials, technology, sustainability and engineering
Reference persons FEDERICO BELLA
External reference persons Claudio Gerbaldi
Research Groups GAME Lab
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL, IN LAB
Description The electrochemical energy storage is one of the main research lines worldwide, driven mainly by the increasing number of portable electronic devices owned by each of us. All of these devices are based on lithium-ion batteries, and this has led to a strong increase of the cost of lithium (the reserves of which are not abundant on the earth). The scientific community is trying to use sodium (widely available, e.g.: seawater) as an alternative to lithium for next-generation batteries, useful for example to store the energy produced by photovoltaic and wind power plants.
This thesis is aimed at developing materials for the production of sodium batteries. The candidate will work in the laboratories of DISAT department. He/She will work on the preparation of electrolytes and/or electrodes (i.e., the main components of a battery), characterization of materials, assembly of prototypes and their testing.
If the candidate possesses a scholarship or private fundings, he/she can spend a period of study abroad in one of the laboratories connected with the research group of the thesis supervisor.
The thesis work will be adapted accordingly to the candidate's profile: chemical engineering, materials engineering, energy engineering, environmental, nanotechnology.
Required skills Ability to work in group; Autonomy; Know how to present the results (graphs, slides, reports); Hard-worker.
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 31/12/2020 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA