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:
- We functionalize forest-based materials, such as cellulose and lignin and implement them into solid state or redox flow batteries.
- 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.
- We explore the conversion of electricity into chemical energy for H2 and H2O2 production, as well as H2-storage in liquid hydrogen organic carriers.
- Finally, we study the conversion of mechanical energy into electricity and vice versa by piezoelectric organic polymers and nanocelluloses.