Title of the project: Advanced materials and devices enabling large scale energy storage
Supervisor and Host institution: Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
The primary objective of the project is to develop novel materials and to deploy them in advanced devices to gain a competitive advantage for large-scale electrochemical energy storage. To this end, new hybrid materials and devices will be used to demonstrate the technology needed to develop energy storage systems that are superior to the state-of-the-art. In parallel, a reverse (or top-down) approach will also be followed to study the strategies necessary to make these systems economically competitive with currently available technologies. The conclusion of my research work would be the concurrence of these two research lines and merging the advanced functional materials research with economic evaluations. That is, answering the question, “what would make large amounts of energy storage (through electrochemical routes) competitive?”
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I hold a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Power Systems Engineering from India. For my thesis I worked on ‘multi-use battery energy storage systems’ at IEK-STE, Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, where I initially developed my interest in batteries. Afterwards I worked with several research organisations in India, including The Energy and Resources Institute to estimate India’s energy demand and supply for 2050.
My education, internships, and work experience motivated me to pursue a PhD in the field of energy storage and ultimately led me to work with the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group. In the short term I would like to improve my knowledge of electrochemical energy systems and contribute towards the development of new energy storage technologies. In the long term, I would like to use my interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise towards making our energy systems more sustainable, efficient and diverse.