Organic Electrodics

Thor Balkhed

We use organic polymer and molecular materials to fabricate and modify electrodes and membranes, thus making use of the unique properties of such green tailor-made materials for electrochemical applications.

Principal Investigator: Viktor Gueskine

Our research Organic Electrodics is based on the expertise in electrochemistry of conducting polymers and molecular organic semiconductors. In collaboration with our colleagues from the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, of which our group is a member, and our industrial partners from BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön, we develop expertise on traditional and new materials from trees.

Organic synthesis opens additional ways to modify and blend these into new organic materials for electrochemical applications. A clear advantage of organic electrodes and membranes thus prepared is non-toxicity and high natural abundance of their constituent atomic elements. Novel operational principles can be a plus.

We study electrochemical reactions of key energetic importance, namely, Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) and Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR), and investigate the  mechanism of electrocatalysis at organic electrodes. 

In Organic Electrodics we also investigate ion management by micro- and nano- porous organic electrodes to increase efficiency and selectivity of electrochemical reactions such as coupled proton and electron transfer (CPET).  

We explore organic electrodes for water treatment, namely, desalination and purification from toxic metals. 
Finally we develop ion selective organic membranes for battery applications.

Wallenberg Wood Science Center

BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön

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