One of the main issues impeding full scale economical commercialization of energy storage devices such as fuel cells, supercapacitors and redox flow batteries is the lack of durable, reliable and very conducting electrolytes. These include liquids and solid electrolytes, and how they transport ions is directly related to their conductive properties. We study the material’s ion interactions and how these interactions affect motion and the material’s effectiveness as an electrolyte. My collaborators include renowned scientists at national laboratories and universities. The techniques used are Nuclear Magnetic Resonace (NMR) and AC Impedance Spectroscopy.
The main technique used is High-Pressure NMR. This is a very specialized technique which combines the advantages of NMR with variable hydrostatic pressure. One can obtain information on the density driven motions separately from those energy that are energy dependent. This is useful when characterizing a material’s transport properties. Pressures up to 200,000 psi are used.
Programs such as LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) fund qualified students to participate in research year round. This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM majors.
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