Energy storage

Advanced materials for next generation portable energy storage devices

This research encompasses the fields of materials science, electrochemistry, chemical and electrical engineering, and process optimisation to develop planar supercapacitors with small form factors to provide power to on-chip, bionic, and wearable electronics.

Our group works to produce laser-scribed graphene scaffolds through computer aided design with feature sizes on the order of 100μm. These planar architectures can be produced on arbitrary substrates and coupled directly to energy harvesting systems for fully integrated energy capture and storage devices. By adding functional materials including nanoparticles, nanotubes, and beyond graphene 2D materials we can tune the energy and power densities of the architectures for specific device architectures

The ability to use computer aided design to produce our electrodes enables rapid, customisable, architectures with tailorable electrochemical properties that can be adapted to any required form factor or geometry. Within our group we work on coupling these energy storage to energy harvesting devices incorporating piezoelectric polymers, diode printing, and electrical engineering to achieve fully functioning portable energy systems.

Funding sources

Future Batteries Institute Cooperative Research Centre

Reserve Bank of Australia

Australian Research Council Linkage Project