Energy Lab at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) focuses on the design of nonflammable electrolytes based on ionic liquids and highly porous materials for energy storage and conversion, with an emphasis on the fundamental understanding of the electrode-electrolyte interactions.
Ionic Liquids (ILs) are salts at liquid state and they have unique properties such as wide electrochemical window, nonflammability, negligible volatility and wide liquidus range which distinguish them from molecular solvents. Their properties can be tailored towards a specific application. Therefore, the development of structure-property relations are essential for the bottom-up approaches to realize renewable energy systems. We are interested in the application of ionic liquids in: (1) Electrical Double Layer Capacitors, (2) Lithium-ion and Sodium-ion rechargeable batteries, (3) Electrocatalysis, in particular the capture and electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide, (4) Electrode material synthesis for optimal porosity, high surface area and hetero-atoms.
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