Bridging the Gap Between Materials Science & Technology
Research in the 3DAFSN Lab is aimed at bridging the gap between basic Materials Science research and energy-related applications. We do so through:
- Materials selection, with the focus on non-precious and earth-abundant materials for energy applications, such as aluminum, iron, zinc, nickel, sodium, magnesium.
- Development of scalable and sustainable processing routes to air-sensitive nanoporous materials including nanoporous aluminum.
- Sacrificial element recovery during processing of nanoporous materials by selective alloy corrosion (including noble metals such as nanoporous gold), which is critical for the affordability and sustainability of the dealloying process.
- Applied energy research and prototyping, aimed at overcoming the challenges associated with the integration of nanoporous materials into energy conversion and storage systems including batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion devices.