FCT PROJECT (2022-2024)

One of the main concerns of modern society is reducing its dependence on fossil fuels. Due to their low cost and low environmental impact, electrical energy storage devices are among the most promising alternatives to conventional fossil fuels, as the electricity generated from renewable sources may be efficiently stored. In particular, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are important power sources for portable electronics and electric cars, as they are more performant than other conventional batteries. However, conventional electrodes such as transition-metal oxide cathodes have limited energy density and pose additional environmental concerns. The overarching objective of this project is to explore alternative solutions using redox-active Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as electrode materials in Metal-Ion Batteries. These crystalline porous electrode materials show low solubility in electrolyte and versatility to tune by chemical design the electrode parameters (e.g., specific capacity and working potential). This project aims at the design and synthesis of a new family highly stable redox-active MOFs exhibiting both high ionic and electronic conductivity to be used as LIBs electrode materials. 

Coin cell assembly

Battery testing equipment

Equipment/material acquired

– Vacuum/Gas manifold with Metering Valves; 5 places; Fits Tubing ID 3/8 (DWK).

– Hei-Tec with Pt-1000 temperature sensor (V4A) and package Heat-On Multi-Well Basic (Heidolph).