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Multifunctional Hierarchically-Structured Systems for Energy Storage Devices

Project description

New energy storage devices on the horizon

The lithium-ion battery is a promising power source deployed in electric vehicles as well as portable electronic devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. Its widespread use has created a strong demand for energy storage systems with higher gravimetric and volumetric efficiency. The EU-funded MATISSE project will target this need by designing multifunctional materials that combine structural and electrochemical energy storage. By integrating various areas of expertise, the project will develop energy storage devices with technology readiness levels of up to 4. MATISSE is set to have a direct impact on industrial applications in the automotive and electronics sectors, among others.


The widespread use of portable devices, as well as the electrification of transport, require a new generation of energy storage devices that deliver higher specific performance than Li-ion batteries. By designing multifunctional materials that combine structural and electrochemical energy storage, an improvement in gravimetric and volumetric efficiency can be achieved. The research aim of this project is to develop Energy Storage Devices based on multifunctional hierarchically-structured systems. The success of the project will be driven by the combination of two strong and complementary areas of expertise: At Imperial and IMDEA, the fellow will work for 24 months in groups with an extensive experience of carbon and inorganic nanomaterials synthesis, modification, characterisation, and application, particularly on hierarchical systems. On the other hand, she will bring her own experience in developing and characterising electrodes and electrolytes for a wide range of batteries as well as supercapacitors. The interdisciplinary intersection of new materials chemistry, with electrochemical device engineering, and structural composite mechanisms, will provide a unique opportunity for rapid progress in both science and technology. The structural energy storage devices will be developed from technology readiness level 1 and to 4, in order to accelerate direct impact on industrial applications, for example in the automotive and electronics sectors. During the two-year project, the fellow and supervisor will disseminate their results to Industry, Academia and General Public through patents and articles in podcasts, newspapers and scientific journals. From the start, an individual career development plan for the fellow will be developed with the supervisor and will be reviewed regularly during the fellowship. Prof. Shaffer’s talents for both research and teaching will inspire the fellow to launch ambitious research and educational projects early in her academic career.



Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
South kensington campus exhibition road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom

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London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00