Battery technology is crucial for storing and efficiently utilizing electrical energy, facilitating the transition to carbon-zero energy sources, electrification of transportation, and powering a variety of portable and stationary devices, ultimately advancing sustainability. Polymer chemistry and imaging diagnostics play integral roles in the advancement of batteries, contributing to improved performance, durability, and safety. Polymer chemistry is crucial for developing advanced battery components, such as electrolytes and separators, with enhanced properties. While imaging diagnostics, on the other hand, are vital for studying battery materials and structures at a microscopic and macroscopic level. Techniques like electron microscopy, X-ray imaging, and spectroscopy allow researchers to visualize and analyze the composition, morphology, and interfaces of battery materials. This understanding is critical for optimizing battery design, identifying potential issues, and tailoring materials for improved performance and efficiency. Together, these fields contribute to the development of advanced batteries with enhanced energy storage, longer life cycles, and safer operation, thereby supporting the evolution towards more efficient and sustainable energy solutions.

Project members

Dr Cheng Zhang

Group Leader, ARC DECRA and NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow
Zhang Group