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Reference Number EP/Y003462/1
Title Smart electrodes for energy storage devices
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr N Balakrishnan

Faculty of Natural Science
Keele University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2024
End Date 31 January 2026
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £165,610
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme ECR International CORE
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr N Balakrishnan , Faculty of Natural Science, Keele University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Park Systems (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Univ of Sciences & Tech (NUST) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wayamba University of Sri Lanka (0.000%)
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Abstract Energy crises and climate changes are the two topmost challenges in this 21st century. Renewable energy resources like solar and wind technology could be the ultimate solution to address these societal and environmental problems. In addition, to ease the gap between the energy supply and demand on the grid, we need sustainable energy storage devices. Promising storage devices are batteries and capacitors. Indeed, capacitors have undergone a series of development stages and nowadays, supercapacitors are at the frontline of energy research. Supercapacitors are considered as bridging the gap between conventional capacitors and batteries in terms of energy and power. They can store more energy than conventional capacitors and supply it at higher power outputs than batteries. Supercapacitors offer an excellent power-to-weight ratio which makes them suitable for high power requirements released in a short period. Over recent years, there has been a growing demand for supercapacitors due to modern applications like electric vehicles and power back-ups that require fast charge release.The key determinants of an energy storage device's performance are the properties of the electrode materials. The ideal electrode would consist of (i) high conductivity to allow fast electron/hole transfer, and (ii) a high surface area to give many active sites. 2D materials have all these necessary parameters, which makes them next-generation electrode materials for high-performing energy storage devices. So far, graphene, metal oxides, dichalcogenides, and transition metal carbides/nitrides (MXenes), have been investigated for their potential roles in energy storage applications. The limited cycle life and inferior rate capabilities of these materials-based devices still hinder their practical applications. This bottleneck can be overcome by the smart choice of elemental combination along with carbon coupling that will improve rate capability and prolonged cycling stability.In this project, we are aiming to develop a new class of electrode materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds and their carbon coupling nanostructures. This collaborative project is expected to produce economical, sustainable, high-performance metal chalcogenide electrode materials for next-generation energy storage devices. The project is aligned with the theme of developing materials and devices for sustainable energy storage and has enormous potential to impact energy storage devices, green energy technology, advanced materials, and sustainable energy materials.
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