Nano- and meso-architectures

Nano- and meso-architectures for clean energy applications

Design and manufacture of smart materials for energy applications with strong focus on structural control at the nano/microscale and the meso-nanoscale.

We develop cost-effective, durable photovoltaics (PV) systems that can operate under variable environmental conditions on both earth and in outer space which rely on design and synthesis of semiconductor materials with tailored functions. my research has led to a commercial product (Gel electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells) through collaboration with leading industry. We have also demonstrated the feasibility of fabrication of stable, high efficiency perovskite solar cells by using low cost carbon materials and environmentally benign chemical solution methods. 

Benefiting from our strong expertise in carbon materials, we are currently developing radiant heating technology for automobiles.

We develop new materials and new mechanisms to develop safe, lightweight and performance-efficient energy storage technologies for a range of applications from milliwatt-scale wearable devices to kilo/megawatt-scale electric & space vehicles.

We develop graphene hybrids from metal organic frameworks (MOF) and graphenic acid as positive electrodes for supercapacitors, with energy density similar to that of nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) as green, safe, and cheap eutectic mixtures which open up attractive perspectives as fast charge transfer and high temperature electrolytes for energy storage devices.

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