Research from NTNU Energy Team Battery

Research from NTNU Energy Team Battery


In the period 2018 - 2022, the research project BattMarine will work for reliable, safe and economically viable use of batteries in the maratime sector. Read more about the research project on RISE Fire Research webpages (in Norwegian). 

Research partners: Institutt for energiteknikk (IFE), RISE Fire Research in Trondheim, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) og Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Sustainable Energy Systems Research Group

The sustainable energy systems group works with integration of energy systems. Their aim is to increase sustainability and the group focus on, among other things, battery technology.

Ongoing research projects

Research projects

My PhD project focuses on developing high-energy cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Ni-rich layered oxides can provide high energy densities due to their high capacities, but struggle with performance- and thermal stability issues. The aim of the project is to synthesise Ni-rich layered oxides with modifications for improved stability.

Project period: September 2018 - April 2023
Contact: Harald Norrud Pollen

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My PhD project is part of the MoZEES research center, a Norwegian Research Center on Zero Emission Energy Systems with focus on battery- and hydrogen technology for transport applications.

I focus mainly on the application of high-voltage cathode materials in Li-ion batteries, and specifically on the stabilization of the cathode/electrolyte interface at high voltages.

Project period: August 2017 - November 2021
Contact: Elise Ramleth Østli

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My work is related to investigating if a two-dimensional material called MXenes can work as a cathode material in rechargeable Mg batteries. I therefore work with different synthesis methods and post synthesis treatments, in order to control the intercalating properties of this material. So far I have been working on the two different MXene compositions of V2CTx and Ti3C2Tx.

Project period: September 2018 - October 2022
Contact: Frode Håskjold Fagerli

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Magnesium-sulfur batteries can enable cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly batteries for e-mobility and grid applications. One remaining critical challenge is to design proper cathode architectures that prevents performance degradation. We are developing several different cathode composites, accompanied by thorough material and electrochemical characterization to understand how to further improve them.

Contact: Henning Kaland

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I am a computational chemist using DFT to assess cathode materials for magnesium batteries. My main objective is to understand how to best achieve cathodes with both low migration barriers (i.e. fast charging/discharge) and high operating voltage. The MXene group of materials is of special interest.

Project period: September 2017 - September 2021
Contact: Jacob Hadler-Jacobsen

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I study the electrode electrolyte interphases in Li batteries by using both experimental techniques mainly XPS and molecular modelling including DFT and MD simulations.

Project period: May 2020 - May 2022
Contact: Mahsa Ebadi

I am working with lithium metal anodes for high energy density batteries. Using atomistic computer simulations, we are investigating the mechanisms of dendrite nucleation and growth on the lithium metal surface.

Contact: Ingeborg Treu Røe

My goal is to improve the reversibility of Li plating and stripping in nonaqueous electrolytes. I am trying to understand why the addition of lithium nitrate in TEGDME solvents with LiTFSI/LiFSI salt improves the cyclability. To investigate this, I study the formation of the initial SEI layer and nucleation of Li on Cu current collectors by voltammetry, SEM and XPS/FTIR.

Contact: Heidi Thuv

I work on Li-ion batteries with silicon as anode material. I am researching an alternative electrolyte salt for these batteries. If this salt can replace todays commercially used salt, the safety of the batteries would be improved.

Project period: August 2016 - May 2021
Contact: Karina Asheim

My work as a postdoctoral researcher is focused on experimental studies of various electrode materials and electrolyte systems for Li-ion batteries. Some examples include the Li-uptake properties of biomineralized silica, tailored binder functionalities for silicon-based anodes as well as inhibition of aluminium corrosion in high-voltage cathode materials via tuning of electrolyte additives.

Contact: John Viktor Emanuel Renman

Illustration: An example of a biomineralized nanostructure (left) being implemented in a Li-ion battery (right).
An example of a biomineralized nanostructure (left) being implemented in a Li-ion battery (right).

I work in the study of synthetic and naturally occurring silica as anode material for next generation Li-ion batteries. My work mainly focuses in the structural and electrochemical analysis of silica anodes using advanced characterization techniques. I also work in the development of carbon coating procedures to enhance the electrochemical performance of the anodes.

Contact: Maria Valeria Blanco

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My research centers around the use of micron-sized silicon particles as an anode material for Li-ion batteries. I work with a special class of solvents called ionic liquids and mix novel electrolytes to try and mitigate the problem of unstable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film formation on the silicon. I use both electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques to characterize the electrolytes and the SEI to better understand the performance of my batteries.

My PhD is a part of the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research called Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems (MoZEES), where the goal is to develop better batteries for transport applications.

Project period: September 2017 - December 2020
Contact: Daniel Tevik Rogstad

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Our role is to both determine the fundamental mechanisms that underlie ionic migration, as well as aid the discovery and prediction of new materials for battery applications. This is all possible by using state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) calculations and methods to characterise the very intrinsic properties of such materials.

Currently our work is focussed towards the realisation of an all solid-state battery device through the discovery of suitable solid electrolytes.

Contact: Benjamin Williamson

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My project involves the study and development of solid state electrolytes for lithium ion batteries. Polymers, ceramics and composites of these will be studied.

Currently, I am using molecular dynamics methods to simulate candidate electrolytes to try to find out which material properties are beneficial for high ionic conductivity. The most promising materials will be synthesized and tested in lab scale batteries.

Project period: May 2020 - April 2024
Contact: Øystein Gullbrekken

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