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Materials Science Division

Energy Conversion and Storage

The EC&SG focuses on the design, characterization and synthesis of multifunctional electrochemical interfaces that are urgently needed to deliver reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy in both aqueous systems and organic solvents.
Energy-environmental cycles in aqueous environments enabled at electrochemical interfaces for a sustainable society.

We use two interlinked strategies for the design of new interfaces: (i) materials-by-design, which involves transferring the knowledge gained from single-crystalline materials and thin metal films to nanoscale materials; and (ii) double-layer-by-design, which exploits the precise organization of electrolyte components at the sub-nanoscale rĂ©gime of the double layer.

We explore a broad range of materials and electrolytes, including metals, metal/metal-oxides, pure oxides, sulfur-based and carbon-based materials, as well as aqueous electrolytes with a wide pH range and organic solvents that are used in battery systems.

We use a diverse range of methods to study interfacial properties, including ex situ and in situ optical methods, microscopy-based structural probes, ultrahigh vacuum techniques, synchrotron-based techniques, and classical analytical and electrochemical methods.

As a group, we use a surface-science approach to understand, at the molecular and atomic level, the key energy-fuel-environmental cycles that constitute the core building blocks for efficient, green and viable energy production and utilization. Our central aim is to provide a critical assessment of unifying characteristics that govern the activity, stability and selectivity of electrochemical interfaces.



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