Rechargeable batteries are among the candidates that can fulfill the evolving energy storage needs and are being researched extensively. My research focuses on the application of X-ray spectroscopy techniques to better understand the critical processes in rechargeable Zn-ion batteries (ZIBs). Specifically, I am looking at the local chemical environment and coordination complex in electrolytes and ion pairing in the electric double layer at electrode interfaces. Such a study will lead to a better understanding of the role of ion pairing on both structure and dynamics at the electrode-electrolyte-interface, a key question for ZIBs and many other battery systems.
Advisors: Gerald T. Seidler, Guozhong Cao – Materials Science & Engineering