Optimizing the performance of slurry electrodes for energy storage applications
- Chemical Process Engineering
- Focus/Key Topic:
Slurry electrode is a dispersion of conductive particles in an electrolyte. These particles possess very high surface area to have the electrochemical reaction by conducting the electrons. Therefore, slurry electrodes have already started to gain attention for many electrochemical applications such as batteries.
Redox flow batteries are one of the developing technologies that penetrates into the energy market as a suitable energy storage system for renewable energies. These batteries store energy by using vanadium as a redox active material. Vanadium has 4 oxidation levels and it can be reduced and oxidized reversibly to store energy. The electrode materials for these technologies are carbon based electrodes, which needs to be improved in terms of stability and scalability.
Currently, we are utilizing slurry electrodes in our vanadium redox flow battery as an alternative, scalable electrode material. Therefore, we are looking for students to conduct sets of experiments to gain knowledge about effective treatment methods on the particles' properties as slurry electrodes.
- Gain knowledge about battery electrochemistry
- Learning basic operation methods for batteries
- Electrode characterizations for all electrochemical systems
- Basic communication skills in English
- Interest in learning electrochemistry
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