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Carbon nanotube structures as innovative electrode materials for more efficient energy storage devices


Efficient capture, storage, and controlled release of energy are major global challenges for the twenty-first century. Dramatic improvement in the performance of energy storage & conversion devices is needed to meet future energy demands of our society, mainly in electrical propulsion (full electric vehicle) and to overcome the inevitable future shortage in fossil fuels, especially in gasoline. By combining Professor Aurbach (Bar Ilan University) expertise of electrochemistry, especially of Li and Mg, with Dr. Gilbert Nessim (MIT) capabilities in synthesizing dense arrays of crystalline carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on metallic layers, we propose to investigate the development of more efficient batteries that use composite metal-CNTs as electrodes. The main novelty of our approach is to use functionalized carbon structures on various nanotube electrode materials to improve ion insertion and storage, safety, and performance of Li ion based batteries in ionic liquid and in electrolyte solution with wide electrochemical window. The technical plan includes the investigation of multiple electrode materials and geometries upon which CNTs will be grown and functionalized to optimize electrode performance and cycling. Additional aspects of this project include applying the techniques and materials developed to lead acid batteries and to design more efficient supercapacitors. Extensive collaboration with MIT and with other academic and industrial institutions in Europe and the USA is a key aspect of this multi-disciplinary project. The goal of the project is to reintegrate Dr. Nessim at Bar Ilan as a faculty in the department of chemistry.

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Estelle Waise (Ms.)
€ 100 000