Energy Lab at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) focuses on the design of nonflammable electrolytes based on ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, and highly porous materials for energy storage and conversion, with an emphasis on the fundamental understanding of the electrode-electrolyte interactions, physical properties, ion solvation and mobility.
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. Deep eutectic solvents (DES) have similar properties to ILs, however DES are not necessarily made of discrete ions. DES form with a combination of a hydrogen bond donor and a hydrogen bond acceptor. We are interested in the application of ILs and DES in Energy Storage, Separations, Sensors and Electrocatalysis; in particular the electro-reduction of carbon dioxide.
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