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Research Theme - Polymer Energy Nanocomposites

- Self-healing polymers and nanocomposites for energy storage



Self-healing of both electrical breakdown and mechanical damage in dielectric actuators using a modified thermoplastic elastomer. After dielectric breakdown, the dielectric strength was recovered by 67%, and after mechanical damage a 39% recovery can be achieved with no degradation of the strain-voltage response of the actuators.

- Mesoporous carbon nanocomposites for energy storage


Synthesis of carbon-based nanocomposites, including surface-functionalisation of carbon nanoparticles (carbon nanotube, graphene and mesoporous carbon), dispersion mechanism and interfacial interactions with polymers
Intrinstic modification of carbon structures
Hybrid carbon nanostructures for pseudocapacitor anodes, cathodes and catalysts
Solid electrolytes, gel electrolytes and hybrid electrolytes

- Elastomeric nanocomposites for energy harvesting and storage


Nanostructured thermoplastic elastomers for mechanical and thermal energy harvesting and conversion
Flexible and stretchable dielectrics

- Interface and properties of polymer nanocomposites

Interface between nanoparticles (such as graphene, carbon nanotube and silicon) and polymers can be designed and tailored to reinforce the interfacial interaction with polymer matrices. Various chemstry and physical approaches have been developed and investigated for a range of nanocomposites, in order to elucidate the relationship of interface and properties (such as reinforcement, adhesion, gas barrier, electrical conductivity) at multiscale levels.


Monash-Warwick Alliance 2017
UK-China International Partnership, 2013-2015
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, EngD studentship, 2016-2020
EPRSC iCASE PhD studentship, 2016-2020


Wet-chemistry labs, ultrasound, hydrothermal, electrochemical synthesis
Polylab system, twin-extrusion, micro-injection moulding, hot-press, electrospinning, freeze-drying, calcination