The “Advanced Battery Group” at the University of Kent is part of the Functional Materials Group (FMG) within the school of School of Physical Sciences. We use a combination of experiment and atomistic simulations to study and design novel energy materials. We are working on energy storage and harvesting including fuel cells, and Photo Voltaic materials. During the last years we have particularly been interested in developing a novel type of solid state Li-ion battery based on organic materials.
We also work on novel electrode materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries, where we aim to increase the energy capacity using cheap and non-toxic materials. In addition, novel catalysts are exploited in a variety of energy related reactions, such as Water-Gas-Shift reaction to produce hydrogen. The group have long expertise in XAS measurements. For this we are working with a number of groups and we are not only analysing data but also designing in situ cells both for XAS and diffraction measurements.