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Michael De Volder, Engineering Department - IfM

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Welcome

Welcome to Prof Michael De Volder's research group webpage. Our activities focus on the development of technologies to structure advanced materials into well defined superstructures. At the micro and nanoscale, we seek to understand fundamentally how controlling material structure impacts device performance and on the macro scale how these advanced structures can be manufactured at scale. One main application we are focusing on, is the development of better batteries to fight climate change and energy poverty. In addition, the processes and material architectures developed by our research group also apply to sensors, photonic materials, thermal management systems and water filtration. In our work we make extensive use of lithography, microfluidics and roll-to-roll processing.

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Battery Electrode Structuring

Our research group is developing methods to structure battery electrodes to improve ion and electron transport. To achieve this we are leveraging emerging self-assembly and phase segregation methods to structure battery materials and applying these processes on continuous manufacturing processes such as Roll-to-Roll coating to make sure that our processes can be scaled-up.

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Light Rechargeable Batteries

Our research group is developing Li-Ion as well as Zn-Ion batteries and capacitors that can harvest light and can therefore recharge directly without the need for solar cells. We believe this technology can be a game changer to power off-grid devices as well as to fight energy poverty in rural communities because of reductions in cost compared to solutions using separate batteries and solar cells.

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Advanced Nanomaterial Architectures

Our group is pioneering methods to organise nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes into well defined 3D structures. We are using advanced lithography methods, microfluidics and self-assembly to achieve unprecedented control over material morphology. These materials find applications in energy storage devices, sensors and actuators.

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Prof Michael De Volder was awarded 4 of the EU's prestigious ERC grants (Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant and two Proof of Concept Grants). These grants are supporting the development of hierarchical nanomaterial structures and continuous battery electrode manufacturing. This work carried out in these grants supported spin-out activities from this group.


We are members of two exciting Faraday Programs. One is focusing on unravelling degradation mechanisms in advanced Li-Ion Batteries and the other one is developing next generation cathode materials.

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Jan 04, 2021

We are seeking to hire a research assistant to work on carbon nanotube based microdevices. More information is available here: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/28202/

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Jan 04, 2021

We are seeking to hire a postdoc researcher to work on the structuring of Li-ion battery electrodes. More information is available here: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/28197/

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Feb 05, 2020

We are seeking to hire a postdoc researcher to work on the development and structuring of Li-ion battery cathodes. More information is available here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/25090/

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Jul 05, 2018

We are hiring a postdoc to work on Li-Ion Battery Development. Position is described in this advert: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BKU999/research-assistant-associate-in-li-ion-battery-development-fixed-term

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Mar 03, 2018

We are hiring a postdoc to investigate degradation mechanisms in NMC cathodes. Position (1) in this advert: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16790/

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