ABSTRACT: Rechargeable aqueous zinc ion battery (AZIB), as
a promising candidate for grid-scale energy storage, has garnered tremendous
attentions recently. Revamping the electrochemistry and redesigning the
electrolytes have led to performance enhancement of AZIB. The number of active research
groups working on AZIBs is increasing, so as the number of Review articles on
various aspects of AZIB, from nanostructured electrode design, electrolyte
chemistry, dendrites, to low-temperature operation. In this talk, I will first present
a summary of recent advance in AZIB with a focus on Zn-MnO2
batteries. A general classification of working mechanisms related
to MnO2 cathode is elaborated, which may
lead to commercialization of Zn-MnO2
flow batteries for large-scale static energy storage. I will also present a few
examples of our own studies on both vanadium oxide cathode and organic cathode
materials and the elucidation of the charge storage mechanism. Zn-ion hybrid
capacitors with low discharge rates will also be presented.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Fan received PhD from National University of Singapore in 2003. After that, he conducted postdoc research at Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany and University of Cambridge. Since 2008, Dr. Fan joined in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and was promoted to full Professor in 2019.
Dr. Fan's recent research interests are nanomaterials in energy conversion and storage (including batteries, supercapacitors and electrocatalysts). He has authored and co-authored 240 journal papers, with an H-index of 83. He is selected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and recognized as Highly Cited Researchers since 2016. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Energy.