Cleantech

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Members of BINA’s Nano-Cleantech Center are advancing the knowledge – and developing the materials and methodologies – that will lead to a sustainable, environmentally-friendly society.  Their combined efforts – related to alternative energy, climate change, pollution and “green” chemistry – are at the heart of many promising industrial collaborations.

  • Development of new approaches for breaking down hazardous bio-films
  • Micro-porous, double-layer carbon electrodes for water de-ionization and desalination

Researchers

  • What are the true horizons for Lithium-Ion Batteries that can promote and advance the electro-mobility revolution in the 21-st century?

    We develop the most energetic, high capacity cathodes for Li ion batteries, most suitable for use in electric vehicles. We focus on developments and modifications by cation (Al3+, Zr4+, Mo4+) and anion (F-) doping and surface coatings (Al2O3, AlF3, ZrO2) of materials for positive electrodes (cathodes) of two promising families of lithiated transition metals oxides: Li & Mn-rich xLi2MnO3·(1−x) Li[NiaCobMnc]O2 (x<1, a+b+c=1) and Ni-rich LiNixCoyMn1-x-yO2 (x→1) materials respectively. Our group has extensively worked on the above issues during the last 8 years, aiming at understanding:

    A.  How does the surface modification of Li & Mn-rich compounds can change the activation process during charging?

    B.  Capacity and voltage fading during cycling and stabilization mechanisms of the above important cathode materials.

    Intrinsic properties of Ni-rich materials, like poor electronic conductivity, thermodynamic instability in charged state etc.