New paper published in Nature Reviews Materials on electrochemical desalination for the removal of ions (ranging from removal of undesired ions to elemental recovery and advanced ion management). The paper was created in collaboration with Doron Aurbach (Bar-Ilan University), Jeyong Yoon (Seoul National University), and Xiao Su (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
Welcome new student intern Behnoosh Bornamehr (from Saarland University) and scientist Tamara Winter (from TU Darmstadt)! Behnoosh is working on advanced electrode materials and Tamara will enhance our research on soft electrode technology.
New paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces on the use of MXene paired with activated carbon for electrochemical desalination. Probing low and high salinity levels, our work demonstrates the permselectivity of MXene and the synergetic added-value of MXene surface functional groups to boost the desalination performance.
New paper published in ACS Applied Energy Materials on the use of niobium carbide as a facile precursor for tailored niobium oxide / carbon hybrid electrode materials for high performance lithium-ion batteries. The work was done in collaboration with Saarland University (Guido Kickelbick), TU Darmstadt (Bastian J. M. Etzold), and the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology.
New paper published in ChemSusChem on dual-zinc-ion desalination. The system consists of two zinc foils as redox electrodes with flowing ZnCl2 electrolyte; thereby, the system holds the promising of being continued to be developed for continuous operation. The work was done in collaboration with Fuming Chen (South China Normal University).
New paper published in Electrochemistry Communications on utilization of zinc air battery (ZAB) technology for innovative use as high performance desalination device. The resulting zinc air desalination (ZAD) unit is the first of a novel family of metal air battery desalination systems that show a very high desalination capacity.
Welcome to our new technician, Ms. Zeyu Fu, who is joining our team.
New paper published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A on the vital role of the properties of carbon as the conductive additive in Sb-conversion sodium-ion batteries. The homogeneity, morphology, size, and other properties of the carbon additive enable (or defy) high electrochemical performance and stability.
New paper published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels on the expected permselectivity of sub-nanometer pores of activated carbon. This effect enables membrane-free use of carbon electrodes for seawater desalination even at high molar strength, such as presented by seawater. This complementary work brings together modeling from the group of Guang Feng (Huazhong University of Science and Technology) and experimental work from our team.
Srimuk Pattarachai was selected to attend the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (postponed to 2021 because of Covid-19) as a Fellow. He was selected as one of only 650 total attendees, selected from a highly competitive global call.