ACT 3. Self-assembled Nanomaterials for Energy Generation and Storage

ct 3 Leaders: Chris Murray, Zahra Fakhraai, Karen Winey, Patrice Rannou

ACT 3 logoProviding reliable electricity is critical to speeding recovery from disasters, whether they are natural or man-made in origin. Reliable electrical power is critical for communications to provide weather and security updates and to facilitate logistics from tracking missing persons to coordinating personnel to tracking supplies. Once temporary habitats are established, access to reliable energy is still crucial for environment control (heating, cooling, etc.), cleaning and sanitization of food and water, communications, and security. It is important to generate electricity independent of the grid and to store it locally. The energy harvesting and storage strategies for emergency situations need to be lightweight, compact, flexible, high energy density, cost-effective, and durable during storage and deployment. To meet these design criteria, ACT 3 aims to design, synthesize, assemble, characterize and test new coatings for advanced photovoltaic systems and polymer-based batteries, as presented in two aims.

Links: Amy S. Fleischer, Aria Zhang, Benjamin Paren, Bertrand Donnio, Brigitte Pépin-Donat, Christian Tabedzki, Christopher B. Murray, Connor Bilchak, Didier Gasparutto, Drew Wang, Francine Papillon, Feng Gang, Giovanna Fragneto, Natalie Gogotsi, Jean-Yves Delannoy, Karen I. Winey, Lionel Picard, Melissa Vettleson, Nadia Krook, Robert A. Riggleman, Russell J. Composto, Said Sadki, Shawn Maguire, Trevor Forsyth, Edward "Ted" Trigg, Véronique Mathieu, Vicent Finsy, Xuemei May Cheng, Zachariah Vicars, Zahra Fakhraai,


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Glor, Ethan C., Robert C. Ferrier, Chen Li, Russell J. Composto, and Zahra Fakhraai. 2017. “Out-of-Plane Orientation Alignment and Reorientation Dynamics of Gold Nanorods in Polymer Nanocomposite Films.” Soft Matter 13 (11): 2207–15.

Koski, Jason P., Robert C. Ferrier, Nadia M. Krook, Huikuan Chao, Russell J. Composto, Amalie L. Frischknecht, and Robert A. Riggleman. 2017. “Comparison of Field-Theoretic Approaches in Predicting Polymer Nanocomposite Phase Behavior.” Macromolecules 50 (21): 8797–8809.

Krook, Nadia M., Jamie Ford, Manuel Maréchal, Patrice Rannou, Jeffrey S. Meth, Christopher B. Murray, and Russell J. Composto. 2018. “Alignment of Nanoplates in Lamellar Diblock Copolymer Domains and the Effect of Particle Volume Fraction on Phase Behavior.” ACS Macro Letters, November.

Maguire, S. M., M. J. Boyle, C. R. Bilchak, J. D. Demaree, A. W. Keller, N. M. Krook, K. Ohno, et al. 2021. “Grafted Nanoparticle Surface Wetting during Phase Separation in Polymer Nanocomposite Films.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 13: 37628.

Maguire, S. M., N. M. Krook, A. Kulshreshtha, C. R. Bilchak, R. Brosnan, A. M. Pana, P. Rannou, et al. 2021. “Interfacial Compatibilization in Ternary Polymer Nanocomposites: Comparing Theory and Experiments.” Macromolecules 54: 797.

Maguire, Shawn M., John Derek Demaree, Michael J. Boyle, Austin W. Keller, Connor R. Bilchak, Cherie R. Kagan, Christopher B. Murray, Kohji Ohno, and Russell J. Composto. 2022. “Surface Enrichment of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles in a Miscible Polymer Nanocomposite.” Macromolecules 55 (17): 7724–31.

Middleton, L. Robert, Edward B. Trigg, Lu Yan, and Karen I. Winey. 2018. “Deformation-Induced Morphology Evolution of Precise Polyethylene Ionomers.” Polymer 144 (May): 184–91.

O’Bryan, Christopher S., Timothy J. Murdoch, Daniel J. Strickland, Katie A. Rose, Denis Bendejacq, Daeyeon Lee, and Russell J. Composto. 2023. “Investigating the Sequence Specific Adsorption Behavior of Polypeptides at the Solid/Liquid Interface.” Langmuir, January.

O’Bryan, Christopher S., Joseph Rosenfeld, Aria Zhang, Austin W. Keller, Denis Bendejacq, Cherie R. Kagan, Christopher B. Murray, Daeyeon Lee, and Russell J. Composto. 2022. “Electrochemically Deposited Molybdenum Disulfide Surfaces Enable Polymer Adsorption Studies Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring (QCM-D).” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 614 (May): 522–31.

Paren, Benjamin A., Manuel Häußler, Patrick Rathenow, Stefan Mecking, and Karen I. Winey. 2022. “Decoupled Cation Transport within Layered Assemblies in Sulfonated and Crystalline Telechelic Polyethylenes.” Macromolecules 55 (7): 2813–20.

Paren, Benjamin A., Nam Nguyen, Valerie Ballance, Daniel T. Hallinan, Justin G. Kennemur, and Karen I. Winey. 2022. “Superionic Li-Ion Transport in a Single-Ion Conducting Polymer Blend Electrolyte.” Macromolecules 55 (11): 4692–4702.