New generation composite Electrolytes for lithium batteries with enhanced safety properties Line of research A valid approach, to address flammability in lithium batteries, is the replacement or hybridization of volatile molecular solvents, used in common electrolytes, with Ionic Liquids (ILs). Moreover, using IL-Li salt solutions or their mixture with molecular solvents to form gel polymer electrolytes (GPE) is successful to improve safety and stability. In our laboratory functionalized ILs and composite GPEs are synthesized and characterized, to be combined with electrodes and tested in lithium batteries. The challenging route to novel solid-state ceramic or glassy electrolytes is also attempted. Staff Supervisor: Maria Assunta NavarraDepartment staff: Giovanna MarescaAkiko Tsurumaki Publications New ether-functionalized morpholinium- and piperidinium-based ionic liquid as electrolyte components in lithium and lithium-ion batteriesN-n-Butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium hexafluorophosphate-added electrolyte solutions and membranes for lithium-secondary batteries Collaborations National collaborations: Giovanni Battista Appetecchi (ENEA)Sergio Brutti (Università della Basilicata)International collaborations: Hiroyuki Ohno (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)Aleksandar Matic (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) Fundings and awards Fundings: Progetto di ricerca BattEl “Stabilizing the performance of high-voltage lithium Batteries by new generation composite Electrolytes” finanziato da Sapienza Università di Roma. Bando 2017.Progetto di ricerca “Solid State Batteries using Novel Composite Anodes”, finanziato da Samsung R&D Institute Japan (2016, 2017, 2018).Progetto di ricerca “Preparation and characterization of samples of gel polymer electrolytes with certain selected PVDF grades”, finanziate da Solvay Specialty Polymers Italy S.p.A. (2017) Theme and ERC Theme: Renewable energyERC: PE4_1 Physical chemistryPE4_8 Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensorsPE5_6 New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles Traineeship offer Area di ricerca: Physical chemistryAvailability: one positionCourse of study (advised): ChemistryIndustrial chemistryNotes: One traineeship position for master students in Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry is available.