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New carbon-metal oxide nanohybrides for efficient energy storage and water desalination (CarMON)

The CarMON research project began in January 2017, funded by the Leibniz-Gesellschaft (Leibniz Society) in close cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) of Saarbrücken and the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, GmbH of Düsseldorf (MPIE).

Research is conducted on plasma-assisted processes for the production of carbon/metal-oxide nanohybrides, important key materials for energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors, but also for electrochemical water desalination. In the project, the targets of the investigation are vacuum processes, such as electron beam evaporation, atom deposition, and magnetron sputtering, but also atmospheric processes based on discharges in liquids for the synthesis of carbon/vanadium and titanium oxide nanostructures. The synthesized nanohybrides are characterized using the world's leading new approaches for high-resolution transmission electron microscopy at MPIE. The aim is to uncover groundbreaking correlations between the nanostructure and the plasma properties to be able to influence the resulting electrochemical electrode properties very precisely, during the manufacturing process. Thus, the project creates the prerequisites for large-scale production of highly efficient electrode materials.

Project manager:
Dr. Angela Kruth
Tel.: +49 3834 554 3860