Among various energy storage systems, the e-fuel system stands out due to its characteristics of site-independence, scalable energy-to-power ratio and long cycle life . Among the choices of e-fuels, organic redox-active molecules have emerged as the most promising group of candidates for the low cost and tunable electrochemical/physical properties. This project aims to develop organic e-fuels by searching proper redox-active species (especially for quinone species), optimization of the e-fuel composition and system operation conditions.
 H.R. Jiang, L. Wei, X.Z. Fan, W. Shyy, T.S. Zhao, 2019, "A novel energy storage system incorporating electrically rechargeable liquid fuels as the storage medium," Science Bulletin 64 (2019) 270-280.
The student will review the literature to understand the working principle and current status of organic redox-active species; optimize the e-fuel composition; conduct electrochemical measurements; assemble the e-fuel chargers and dischargers; also present and write reports. Candidate with lab skills preferred.
Understand the operating principle of the e-fuel systems; Develop academic writing and presentation skills; Master necessary lab skills.