(59d) Molecular Engineering of Polymers for Electrochemical Applications in Water and Energy
In this talk, directed self-assembly of block copolymers was leveraged to make periodic nanostructured electrocatalyst of precious group metals on glassy carbon substrates â targeted for fuel cell and electrolysis applications. The talk will demonstrate several different nanomanufacturing platforms for fabricating nanowires and nanoparticles from perpendicularly aligned self-assembled block copolymer templates. Preliminary catalytic activity of these nanostructured materials for a model reaction â oxygen reduction - will be presented.
The talk will close with our recent efforts on reducing the energy footprint for desalinating brackish water streams with rationally designed ion-exchange membranes. This part of the talk will showcase our approach to make molecular level bipolar junctions on nanoparticle supports. The importance of these bipolar junctions, similar to a p-n type junction seen in semiconductor devices, will be discussed in the context of water purification.