Cohort 4 students
- Donovan Aguilar Dominguez
Background: BSc Mech Eng, University of Azcapotzalco Mexico, 2016
Project: The value of V2G as a grid balancing mechanism
Scope: The aim of this project is to find the value for V2G grid balance services that can make significant economic impact in the current grid network, considering the reliability and availability of this technology in the UK.
Supervisors: Dr Alan Dunbar, Dr Solomon Brown
Sponsor: Conacyt Mexico
- Jon Allen
Background: MEng Mech Eng, University of Southampton (2017)
Project: Improved lifetime performance and safety of electrochemical energy stores through functionalization of passive materials and components
Scope: Improving lifetime and performance of electrochemical energy stores. Targeted specifically at lithium batteries and polymers used as binder or separator materials to exploit a positive temperature coefficient of resistivity.
Supervisors: Prof. Andrew L Hector, Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez
- Ben Craig
Background: MEng Mech Eng with Advanced Materials (2013) University of Southampton
Project: Computational Modelling of a PEDOT cathode for non-aqueous aluminium batteries
Supervisor: Conduct molecular modelling (Density Functional Theory, molecular orbital modelling, etc.) to investigate the doping of PEDOT with chloroaluminate ions, as has been demonstrated experimentally. Use results to inform further system research.
Sponsor: International Consortium in Nanotechnologies (ICON) funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation
- Nick Hillier
Background: MPhys Physics, University of Southampton (2013)
Project: Integrated Energy Storage for Smart Textile Applications
Scope: For the realisation of truly autonomous smart textiles (capable of self-powering and interaction between the user and the environment) energy storage must be developed to supply power upon request. Currently, energy harvesting offers an intermittent power supply and traditional energy storage is too bulky to be practical. This project looks to develop single-layer electrochemical energy storage devices that can be seamlessly integrated into smart textiles for use in the commercial, defence and health sectors.
Supervisors: Prof. Steve Beeby, Prof. Andy Cruden
- Tim Hutty
Background: MMath Mathematics, University of Oxford (2012)
Project: Can a reversible solid oxide fuel cell aid a future renewable electricity economy?
Scope: This project seeks to assess the efficacy and cost of reversible solid oxide fuel cells (ReSOFC) as a tool for implementing a small scale, low-carbon distributed energy generation/storage system when interacting with a larger grid. To this end a microgrid simulation will be constructed using AnyLogic software.
Supervisors: Dr Solomon Brown, Dr Rachel Rothman
Sponsor: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Ben Rowden
Background: MSCi Natrual Sciences, University of Lancaster (2017)
Project: In-operando detection and quantification of gas evolution for the development of safer Li-ion batteries
Scope: In-operando detection and quantification of gas evolved during the cycling of lithium ion batteries will be carried out through the use of pressure measurements and differential electrochemical mass spectrometry. These techniques will be used to test various electrode materials and cell configurations to help develop safer methods for producing lithium ion batteries.
Supervisors: Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez, Prof. John Owen
Sponsor: HMGCC (Her Majesty’s Goverment Communications Centre)
- George Wilson
Background: MSci Chemistry, University of Nottingham (2017)
Project: Discovering next-generation sodium-ion battery cathode materials synthesised via biotemplating
Scope: Sodium-ion batteries are a promising alternative to lithium, owning to the greater abundance and lower cost of sodium. Synthesis via biotemplating is both faster and cheaper than conventional solid state methods, and could allow us to access new materials with greater performance
Supervisors: Dr Becky Boston, Dr Nik Reeves-McLaren
- Maximillian Yan
Background: MEng Chem Eng (2017) University of Sheffield
Project: Development and techno-economic analysis of silicon anodes for lithium ion batteries
Scope: Silicon anodes show great promise in improving the specific energy of lithium ion batteries however the durability of this material needs to be improved drastically by altering the synthesis procedure and therefore the micro- and nanoscale properties. A techno-economic analysis will be carried out on the refined synthesis procedure of silicon anodes and their potential end-user applications (electric vehicle, grid storage, mobile technology).
Supervisors: Prof. Siddharth Patwardhan, Dr Solomon Brown
- Silvija Zilinskaite
Background: MEng Materials Science & Eng, University of Sheffield (2017)
Project: Biotemplating synthesis of sodium-ion cathodes
Scope: Biotemplating is less energy intensive because it utilises lower temperatures and shorter reaction times. This method has been used to synthesis cathode materials, however there is no real understanding of the growth mechanisms during biotemplating synthesis. This project aims to explore the effects biotemplating has on crystal growth on certain structures and why certain particle morphologies appear.
Supervisors: Dr Rebecca Boston, Dr Nik Reeves-McLaren
Sponsor: Lloyds Register