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Optimising hard carbon anodes for efficient energy storage in sodium-ion batteries

Project description

Optimising sodium storage in a low-cost lithium battery alternative

Sodium (Na)-ion batteries utilise low-cost and abundantly available Na rather than expensive lithium (Li). However, the amorphous and porous carbon anodes that store Li ions so well pose a challenge when it comes to storing Na ions. Since there are currently no detailed models of hard carbon accounting for its microstructural complexity, it is nearly impossible to optimise the carbon–Na interface. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the OptiCarb project is developing realistic models of hard carbon anodes. These will enable a very close look at Na adsorption in the confined space of carbon pores that will help engineers optimise Na storage capacity, removing the barrier to commercialisation.

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00