energy materials

We are interested in developing structure-function relationships for electronic or conjugated polymers for use in low-cost polymer solar cells, wearable electronics and energy storage applications. Our interest in electroactive polymers is primarily aimed at developing fundamental relationships between multi-scale structural parameters and electronic/optical properties. Rheology, mechanical and electrochemical characterization is used to ‘interrogate’ the material structure while allowing for the development of fundamental constitutive equations. A combination of scattering techniques utilizing neutrons and X-rays provide non-destructive probes for the bulk structure over a wide range of length scales (0.1 – 10,000 nm).

We are also actively researching the development of new electrolytes for use in large-scale energy storage applications such as redox flow batteries. Here, we are using a chem-informatics and data-driven approach to develop organic electrolytes with improve engineering metrics including low-cost, high energy density, long term stability, ‘green’ environmental footprint and good safety profile. High-throughput experimentation with the aid of robotic tools is combined with data science tools to rapidly screen and accelerate the development of complex electrolyte formulations.