Organic Energy Materials 

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Thor Balkhed

We exploit and investigate the physics and chemistry of new organic and composite materials to improve electronic and electrochemical energy devices.

One key advantage of organics is that they are composed of atomic elements of high natural abundancy; which is highly relevant for mass implementation of energy devices. Energy devices can be separated into conversion and storage devices. Here are our favourite research topics:

  1. We functionalize forest-based materials, such as cellulose and lignin and implement them into solid state or redox flow batteries.
  2. We study the conversion of heat into electricity through several effects: Seebeck effect of electronic charge carriers, Soret effect of ions and thermogalvanic effect of redox molecules. We also investigate the reverse effect for cooling applications.
  3. We explore the conversion of electricity into chemical energy for H2 and H2O2 production, as well as H2-storage in liquid hydrogen organic carriers.
  4. Finally, we study the conversion of mechanical energy into electricity and vice versa by piezoelectric organic polymers and nanocelluloses.

Research groups

Publications from Organic Energy Materials


Patrice D. Dongo, Anna Håkansson, Marc-Antoine Stoeckel, Eleni Pavlopolou, Suhao Wang, Dario Farina, Patrick Queeckers, Simone Fabiano, Carlo Saverio Iorio, Reverant Crispin (2023) Detection of Ice Formation With the Polymeric Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductor PEDOT: PSS for Aeronautics Advanced Electronic Materials Continue to DOI
Ujwala Ail, Jakob Backe, Magnus Berggren, Xavier Crispin, Jaywant Phopase (2023) Lignin Functionalized with Catechol for Large-Scale Organic Electrodes in Bio-Based Batteries ADVANCED ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH Continue to DOI
Naveed Ul Hassan Alvi, Neha Sepat, Samim Sardar, Magnus Berggren, Isak Engquist, Xavier Crispin (2023) Toward Photoactive Wallpapers Based on ZnO-Cellulose Nanocomposites Global Challenges, Article 2300034 Continue to DOI
Taehyun Park, Byeonggwan Kim, Seunggun Yu, Youjin Park, Jin Woo Oh, Taebin Kim, Nara Kim, Yeonji Kim, Dan Zhao, Zia Khan, Samuel Lienemann, Xavier Crispin, Klas Tybrandt, Cheolmin Park, Seong Chan Jun (2023) Ionoelastomer electrolytes for stretchable ionic thermoelectric supercapacitors Nano Energy, Vol. 114, Article 108643 Continue to DOI
Ziyauddin Khan, Anna Martinelli, Leandro R. Franco, Divyaratan Kumar, Alexander Idstrom, Lars Evenas, C. Moyses Araujo, Xavier Crispin (2023) Mass Transport in "Water-in-Polymer Salt" Electrolytes Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 35, p. 6382-6395 Continue to DOI
Ziyauddin Khan, Divyaratan Kumar, Xavier Crispin (2023) Does Water-in-Salt Electrolyte Subdue Issues of Zn Batteries? Advanced Materials Continue to DOI
Mert Vural, Mohsen Mohammadi, Laura Seufert, Shaobo Han, Xavier Crispin, Anders Fridberger, Magnus Berggren, Klas Tybrandt (2023) Soft Electromagnetic Vibrotactile Actuators with Integrated Vibration Amplitude Sensing ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Continue to DOI
Ioannis Petsagkourakis, S. Riera-Galindo, Tero-Petri Ruoko, Xenofon Strakosas, E. Pavlopoulou, Xianjie Liu, Slawomir Braun, Renee Kroon, Nara Kim, Samuel Lienemann, Viktor Gueskine, G. Hadziioannou, Magnus Berggren, Mats Fahlman, Simone Fabiano, Klas Tybrandt, Xavier Crispin (2023) Improved Performance of Organic Thermoelectric Generators Through Interfacial Energetics Advanced Science, Vol. 10, Article 2206954 Continue to DOI
Hamid Ghorbani Shiraz, Zia Khan, Daniel Pere, Xianjie Liu, Yannick Coppel, Mats Fahlman, Mikhail Vagin, Radoslaw Chmielowski, Myrtil L. Kahn, Magnus Berggren, Xavier Crispin (2023) Effect of Oxygen Poisoning on the Bidirectional Hydrogen Electrocatalysis in TaS2 Nanosheets The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 127, p. 5825-5832 Continue to DOI
Jennifer Gerasimov, Deyu Tu, Vivek Hitaishi, Harikesh Padinhare, Chiyuan Yang, Tobias Abrahamsson, Meysam Karami Rad, Mary Donahue, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Magnus Berggren, Robert Forchheimer, Simone Fabiano (2023) A Biologically Interfaced Evolvable Organic Pattern Classifier Advanced Science, Vol. 10, Article 2207023 Continue to DOI

Researchers in Organic Energy Materials

News about Organic Energy Materials

Peter Ringstad, VD Ligna Energy with a printed battery.

Climate-smart battery technology wins innovation competition

Ligna Energy AB, a spin-off from Linköping University, has been nominated as winner of one of the two innovation awards in the Startup 4 Climate competition. The announcement was made at the recently concluded COP 26 in Glasgow.

Professor Xavier Crispin and research engineers Ujwala Ail and Ziyauddin Khan, at the crimper that manufactures coin cell batteries, in the Laboratory of Organic Electronics.

Prize-winning technology for large-scale energy storage

Safe, cheap and sustainable technology for energy storage has been developed at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics. It is based on two major breakthroughs: the manufacture of wood-based electrodes in rolled form, and a new water-based electrolyte.

Mikhail Vagin and Penghui Ding working in the laboratory.

LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a “redox flow battery” that can be used to store energy from solar cells, and as a power bank for cars.

Education, collaboration, innovation


The Organic Energy Material group is involved in the education of phd students and contributes to several high-level courses (scientific instrumentation, organic electronics, electrochemistry). 


Our researchers can interact with other scientists through our the 3 centers involving LOE: The Advanced Functional Center, the Wood Wallenberg Science Center; and the Digital Cellulose Center and the EU network HORATES.


We also promote innovation by supporting start-up companies (Ligna Energy AB,  PARSNORD and CELLIFON) and establishing long term collaborations with key industrial partners (RedoxmeIMRA-EuropeBillerud).

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