Designing energy materials from the atomic scale
Mining and Materials Engineering, PhD candidate
Kirk H. Bevan, Supervisor
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Advanced materials are essential to delivering high-performance clean energy technologies. In many energy materials, such as Li-Air batteries, low conductivity is caused by the formation of polarons and this limits battery performance. Shuaishuai’s research explores the initial stages of polaron formation in the operation of Li-Air batteries down to the atomic scale using state-of-the-art simulation methods. Atomic-scale engineering studies of polaron formation are a necessary step to improve the electronic or optoelectronic properties of different energy materials and their entry into the energy marketplace.