Energy Conversion and Storage

Energy Conversion and Storage

We are working with technologies that will help us address the global challenges of climate change, including photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, lower power lighting, batteries and carbon dioxide capture and conversion.

Solid state lighting & communications

Organic electronics and photonics are the key interests for the Skabara group. The research is application driven and involves making and testing materials for visible light communications (LiFi as opposed to WiFi), organic lasers, OLED devices and photovoltaics.

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 12018Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 7290; Appl. Phys. Lett.2017, 110, 013302

Energy conversion in chemical systems

Mark Symes and his group are interested in all aspects of electrochemistry, electrocatalysis and electrochemical technology. In particular, the Symes group are interested in developing new systems for electrolytic water splitting, electrosynthesis, and electrochemical and sonochemicalroutes for nitrogen fixation.

ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 5070.

Catalysis Today, 2017, 286, 57.

 

Nano-thermoelectrics: energy harvesting & waste heat recovery

Research in the Gregory group is focused on the design and discovery of new energy materials with applications in batteries, fuel storage, gas purification/capture and thermoelectric devices (see left) among others. The energy-efficient synthesis and processing of materials is also a huge driver in the group’s work.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2011, 50, 10397Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 6433;Adv. Energy Mater.2017, 7, 1602328; Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 3828

 

Electrocatalytic solid state materials

Ganin group work on 2D materials. We think they are fascinating, and potentially very useful in energy conversion and storage. At our lab we are trying to figure out how to tune their electronic structure and turn them in better electrocatalysts. Our favourite materials are layered chalcogenides and phosphides. We just can't get enough of them and make them in thin films, slurries, colloids, nanoparticles and powders, which show exciting performance for electrocatalytic water splitting, battery applications and CO2 conversion. 

Energy Tech., 2018, 6, 345.

J. Mater. Chem A, 2017, 5, 1472.

Organic photovoltaics and batteries

Graeme Cooke

i) Organic solar cells

(ii) Dye sensitized solar cells

(iii) Perovskite solar cells

(iv) Organic lithium and redox flow batteries

J. Mater.  Chem. A, 2015, 3, 7345; Adv. Mater.,2015, 27, 2496; Nature Commun., 2013, 4, 3867.

Light Harvesting for Organic Photovoltaics

The Hedley Lab uses cutting-edge microscopy techniques to study the nanoscale photophysics of organic semiconductors, primarily at the single molecule/single polymer chain level. These materials are widely used in organic solar cells and light emitting diodes, and our work helps to grasp why materials do or do not work, and how efficiencies can be enhanced.

Nature Commun., 20134, 2867.

Chemical Reviews, 2017, 117, 2.

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 15.

Synthesis of Redox Active Stable Free Radicals and Photochemistry of Light-Switchable Ketones

Goetz Bucher‌


Structure and spin density distribution in stable naphthoxanthenyl radical


The Bucher group uses chemical synthesis, methods in physical organic chemistry, such as ns time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy, and quantum chemical methods to study molecules of interest for storage and conversion of chemical energy.


1 Org. Lett., 15(2013), 2970-2973.
2 J. Am. Chem. Soc.137(2015), 14944-14951.
3 PhysChemChemPhys 16(2014), 18813-18820.