UCI Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thursday, April 1, 2021
The research aimed at understanding of electrified interfaces will be presented, along with its impact on the design and synthesis of materials that are employed in devices for energy conversion and storage. The key physical parameters that are responsible for functional properties of solid-aqueous, solid-organic and solid-solid interfaces will be discussed. The research strategy is built on insights at the atomic/molecular level that define events controlled by electrode potential, which triggers electron and ion transfers across the interfaces. Spatial arrangement, surface structure and nature of surface atoms will be correlated to properties of the double layer, including different reactive species, spectators and impurities. The research extends beyond material discoveries towards modification of functional units in quest to improve their efficiency and durability.