P 16/01


Synthesis of Multifunctional Hybrid Ceramics derived from Polysiloxanes for Electrochemical Applications

The commercialization of energy storage and conversion devices need dramatic improvement in the discovery of cheap and highly effective material with its unique structure to promote its electrochemical properties. Recently polymer derived ceramics being a new class of materials (polymers at low temperature below 700 ºC and ceramics at high temperature above 700 ºC) because of their diverse fascinating topologies, pore size tenability. The goal of this project work is to develop an inexpensive, high surface, porous and catalytical active ceramics using polysiloxanes for widespread potential applications like energy storage, catalysis and adsorption. During this polymer-to-ceramic transformation the decomposition of organic moieties leads to formation of high porosities with specific surface microstructure of an amorphous ceramic material. Further, substantial improvements in electrical, thermal, mechanical, and barrier properties of microstructure composites made with a variety of nanoparticles incorporating like carbon nanotubes (single and multiwall) or graphene in the matrices using covalent and noncovalent methodologies. The peculiar and fascinating physical/chemical properties and electrochemical stability of ceramic materials are explored.<

Contact : Wilhelm, Moni