Nanotechnology Solutions for Energy Conversion
Fuel cells and lithium batteries are efficient, quiet and environmentally-friendly energy conversion and storage devices. However, the high cost and low durability of their electrodes remains a significant obstacle to their usage.
Dr. Xueliang (Andy) Sun, Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage, is applying his expertise to the technical challenges of using fuel cells and lithium batteries to generate, store, and conserve clean energy.
Using nanotechnology—the manipulation of matter on a molecular scale— to confront these challenges, Dr. Sun is developing low-dimensional nanomaterials for fuel cell and lithium battery applications. Combining these nanomaterials—which include nanotubes, nanowires and three-dimensional electrodes—with conventional electrodes, Dr. Sun is analyzing their interaction with catalysts and electrolytes, as well as their performance within fuel cell and battery applications. Through this work, he aims to significantly lower the cost of fuel cells and lithium batteries while increasing their stability.
Dr. Sun’s research could contribute significantly to the usage of nanotechnology in developing vastly improved fuel cells and lithium batteries for generating, storing and conserving energy.