Nanoionics and Fuel Cells

Our key concepts
Energy and environment
Energy storage

Description

Our group addresses the challenge of developing highly efficient and clean solid state energy conversion technologies to power a sustainable society. We use our knowledge in ionic, electronic and thermal transport combined with expertise in advanced manufacturing to develop new energy concepts from the microwatt to the kilowatt range.

In the microwatt range, we develop miniaturized energy sources for powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Using disruptive ideas from the emerging Nanoionics and Iontronics disciplines, which deal with the complex interplay between electrons and ions in the nanoscale, we develop new families of all-solid state micro-energy sources able to harvest and store energy at the same time. Together with ambitious high-tech companies, we look for the viability of a new paradigm of embedded energy.

In the kilowatt range, we develop advanced solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysers that will enable a hydrogen-based zero-emissions energy system. Through the innovative ceramic 3D printing of ionic conductors, we are working towards fabricating a new generation of enhanced solid oxide cells that will bring us closer to novel functionalities and improved performance by design. In our lab, we push for joint development of original concepts and more conventional technologies with the current leading industry. 

The laboratory equipment photos of Nanoionics and Fuel Cells research group are available in Multimedia Gallery.

Find out more about our research and activities on our group’s website.


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