Dr Marco Agostini, Postdoctoral Researcher
Chalmers University of Technology
The rapid growing of electronic technologies as well as electric vehicles requires the development of new, higher energy and environmental friendly energy storage systems. In this scenario ideal candidates are batteries systems and in particular those based on electrochemical lithium process, thanks to the long cycle-life and to the favorable design. However, although this technology is adequate for the consumer electronics market, it has some serious shortcomings when considering implementation in electric vehicles or in grid energy storage applications. In particular limiting factors are related to the low specific capacity of the cathode material, commonly based on LiCoO2 in commercial systems, to the use of Cu as current collector at the anode and also to the low safety-level due to the use of fluorine-based binders and Li-salts. Thus the development of alternative chemistries exploiting materials environmental friendly, with higher energy density and improved sustainability are mandatory steps1-3.
In this contribution, we present new strategies to improve the energy density, increase the safety level and reduce the environmental impact of energy storage systems based on Li process.
(1) B. Scrosati, J. Garche, J. Power Sources. 195, 2419-2430, (2010).
(2) Y. Yang, G. Zheng, Y. Cui, Energy Environ. Sci. 6, 1552-1558, (2013).
(3) Whittingham, M. Chem. Rev. 104, 4271-4302, (2004).
Speaker Biography (Marco Agostini)
Marco Agostini is actually a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Applied Physics of the Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg (Sweden). His research is mainly focused on the development of advanced energy storage systems, in particular Li-ion and Li-S batteries. He received the BS (2009), MS (2011) in Industrial Chemistry and the PhD (2014) in Materials Science from the University of Rome "Sapienza". During his research activities he has been visiting PhD student at the Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan) and at the Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg (Sweden) and visiting Researcher at the Hanyang University, Seoul (South Korea). He collaborated with different companies such as the Samsung R&D institute of Kyoto (Japan) and the Volkswagen AG of Wolfsburg (Germany).
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