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.

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.

Paren, Benjamin A., Ramya Raghunathan, Isaac J. Knudson, Jessica L. Freyer, Luis M. Campos, and Karen I. Winey. 2019. “Impact of Building Block Structure on Ion Transport in Cyclopropenium-Based Polymerized Ionic Liquids.” Polymer Chemistry.

Sorte, Eric G., Benjamin A. Paren, Christina G. Rodriguez, Cy Fujimoto, Cassandria Poirier, Lauren J. Abbott, Nathaniel A. Lynd, Karen I. Winey, Amalie L. Frischknecht, and Todd M. Alam. 2019. “Impact of Hydration and Sulfonation on the Morphology and Ionic Conductivity of Sulfonated Poly(Phenylene) Proton Exchange Membranes.” Macromolecules, January.

Tabedzki, Christian, Nadia M. Krook, Christopher B. Murray, Russell J. Composto, and Robert A. Riggleman. 2022. “Effect of Graft Length and Matrix Molecular Weight on String Assembly of Aligned Nanoplates in a Lamellar Diblock Copolymer.” Macromolecules, April.

Trigg, Edward B., and Karen I. Winey. 2019. “Nanoscale Layers in Polymers to Promote Ion Transport.” Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 4 (2): 252–62.

Trigg, Edward B., L. Robert Middleton, Lu Yan, and Karen I. Winey. 2018. “Comparing Morphological Evolution during Tensile Deformation of Two Precise Polyethylenes via 2D Fitting of in Situ X-Ray Scattering.” Macromolecules 51 (20): 7942–50.

Trigg, Edward B. 2018. “Controlled Folding in Precisely Functionalized Polyethylenes: Designing Nanoscale Lamellar Structures for Ion Transport.” Ph.D., United States — Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania.

Trigg, Edward B., Taylor W. Gaines, Manuel Maréchal, Demi E. Moed, Patrice Rannou, Kenneth B. Wagener, Mark J. Stevens, and Karen I. Winey. 2018. “Self-Assembled Highly Ordered Acid Layers in Precisely Sulfonated Polyethylene Produce Efficient Proton Transport.” Nature Materials, May, 1.

Trigg, Edward B., L. Robert Middleton, Demi E. Moed, and Karen I. Winey. 2017. “Transverse Orientation of Acid Layers in the Crystallites of a Precise Polymer.” Macromolecules 50 (22): 8988–95.

Trigg, Edward B., Mark J. Stevens, and Karen I. Winey. 2017. “Chain Folding Produces a Multilayered Morphology in a Precise Polymer: Simulations and Experiments.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (10): 3747–55.

Trigg, Edward B., Brandon J. Tiegs, Geoffrey W. Coates, and Karen I. Winey. 2017. “High Morphological Order in a Nearly Precise Acid-Containing Polymer and Ionomer.” ACS Macro Letters 6 (9): 947–51.

Wu, Yaoting, Siming Li, Natalie Gogotsi, Tianshuo Zhao, Blaise Fleury, Cherie R. Kagan, Christopher B. Murray, and Jason B. Baxter. 2017. “Directional Carrier Transfer in Strongly Coupled Binary Nanocrystal Superlattice Films Formed by Assembly and in Situ Ligand Exchange at a Liquid–Air Interface.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (8): 4146–57.