MatER Materials for Energy Research -NEW
Thanks, Manuel Souto (CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro) and Adão Araújo (Norleq), for a fruitful collaboration!
Nuno Guerreiro, Beatriz A. Maia, Hesham Khalifa, Manuela C. Baptista, and M. Helena Braga What differentiates dielectric oxides and solid electrolytes on the pathway toward more efficient energy storage?
published in Batteries
(11), 232, https://doi.org/10.3390/batteries8110232
Manuela and Beatriz, congratulations on the first paper as MatER - Engineering Physics Department Ph.D. candidates!
F. Danzi, M. Valente, S. Terlicka, M. H. Braga, Sodium and Potassium ion rich ferroelectric solid electrolytes for traditional and electrode-less structural batteries,
APL Materials (American Institute of Physics), 2022. Open https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0080054
Congratulations, Mafalda, on the first paper!
Our first MaTER lab paper on coaxial structural batteries is based on a Ferroelectric Na+ based electrolyte with emergent phenomena! To be applied in industries, databanks, buildings, and vehicles...
For more info on the theoretical grounds:
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Most important experience:
2008-2011 Research Scholar and Long Term Visiting Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2008-2011).
2016-2019 Senior Research Fellow in the Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborating with Prof. John B. Goodenough, Nobel Prize of Chemistry 2019.
Her main interests include experimental and theoretical characterization of solid-state materials and devices (e.g., ferroelectrics, electrolytes, energy harvest and storage devices, and metal hydrides). Her activities include materials synthesis and characterization and devices’ conceptualization (new architectures), assembly, and testing.
The experimental techniques she uses are electrical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical cycling, ionic and electrical conductivity measurements, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron diffraction, and spectroscopy, including Rietveld refinement and pair distribution function (PDF).
Density function theory (DFT), phonon, molecular dynamics, electrical, optical, and mechanical properties calculations, and phase diagrams assessment (using CALPHAD) are some of the theoretical simulation tools she uses.
She is credited with having created ferroelectric-glassy electrolytes and novel device architectures.
- Scientific recognition FEUP in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2007 for her publications and/or patents;
- 2021 BIP PROOF award (Soli@uto team) with the support of Amadeu Dias Foundation, Santander Universities, and the University of Porto to develop a commercial prototype;
- 2020 Award "Personality" Exame Informática - Visão - Sapo (Portuguese) with SIC (TV);
- 2014-2016 Special Visitor Researcher Grant of the CNPq (Brazilian Science Foundation);
- 2012 Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) Paper Grant to present the MRS 2012 invited talk in Boston, USA;
- 2008-2009 FCT Sabbatical fellowship;