Design and synthesis of redox-active polymers from earth-abundant elements for a more sustainable future of energy storage and energy/chemical conversion technologies:
Motivation: Supporting the chemical industry to accelerate decoupling from fossil fuel and lowering their carbon footprint will be important to slow down global warming. We therefore urgently need new technologies for synthesizing chemicals compounds and materials made with a lower-carbon technologies at scale.
Problem: To date, most electrodes contain precious, scarce metals from the platinum group (Pt, Pd, Ru, Co, etc) where focusing on these elements is a risk due to the scarcity of these elements and their application for other technologies (fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc.).
Solution: Designing redox-active materials from earth abundant elements that achieves high performance (activity, selectivity and stability) in reaction-relevant conditions.
I am a Polymer Chemist with a strong interest in synthesizing alternative materials for energy storage and energy conversion technologies. My training in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Material Science and Engineering enables me to prepare materials with exciting properties to pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future of energy storage and chemical/energy conversion technologies.
I studied chemistry (Diploma) at the Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (KIT) (Germany), followed by a Master of Research (MRes) and Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry at Imperial College London (Center for Plastic Electronics (Department of Physics) and the Department of Chemistry). During my first postdoc in the Nelson group (Department of Physics), I fabricated polymer batteries and studied their performance in water-based electrolytes. In 2019, I moved to Stanford University to join the Department of Material Science and Engineering, working in the Salleo group, to push forward new concepts for the recycling of polymer batteries and electrocatalysts.
In my free time, I am passionate about cooking and baking, love exploring countries, and learning about cultures. I am also excited about surfing and cycling.