The project aims to understand the structural requirements for electrodes, including the Zn anode and the Ni cathode to survive hundreds of cycles in an alkaline Ni-Zn battery. This type of battery is safe, cheap, recyclable, and as importantly, it provides adequate performance for applications such as backup power. The student will carry out common material characterizations of spent electrodes to understand the cause of battery failure, and thereby design and assemble batteries to achieve the desired long cycle life.
The student will work with senior members as well as collaborators from GP Batteries to conduct material fabrication and characterization, battery assembling and tests. The student is expected to have basic knowledge of materials engineering and inorganic chemistry.
Understand the basic structure of batteries.
Master skills in material fabrication and characterization.
Understand the operating principle of batteries.