Advanced materials for electrochemical power sources

The research is aimed at the improvement of functional characteristics of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries (LiFePO4, LiFe0.5Mn0.5PO4, LiMn2O4, LiTi5O12 etc.) by conducting polymer coatings and conducting binder. Another field of research is new composites based on conducting polymers and transition metal oxides (MnO2, WO3, NiO, Co3O4 etc.) for supercapacitors.

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Conducting polymers and metal nanoparticles systems

The research is directed at preparation of metal–polymer and metal oxide - polymer composites with PEDOT and PEDOT:PSS dispersion as the polymer component with the formation of highly dispersed metal (metal oxide) particles, well distributed in the polymer. The obtained composites function as electrochemical sensors, catalysts, charge-storage materials.

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Modelling of mixed electron-ion charge transfer

The description of the polymer film conductivity of is more complicated (but more interesting) in the case of polaron nature of current carriers than in that of redox polymers with a localized charge of current carriers. Further development of the theory of the polaron conductivity of conducting polymer films of is necessary, including a quantum-mechanical description of it. It is desirable to set up appropriate experimental checks with a preliminary thought-out selection of research objects.

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Organometallic polymers as electrode materials for metal-ion batteries

The project is devoted to creation of novel cathode materials for metal-ion accumulators based on polymer transition metal complexes modified by redox groups with potentially high capacitance. The main task of the project consists in increase of conductivity of organic cathode materials while retaining sufficient values of specific capacity. The proposed principal way to accomplish this task consists in the use of a conductive framework possessing high self-capacitance as a backbone of redox-polymer.

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