2D Materials Complex Architectures for Energy Applications

  • Wenji Yang

Student thesis: Phd


Graphene, Mxene and related 2D materials have the potential to open new engineering opportunities in a wide range of technological applications. In particular, 2D materials could provide an alternative to conventional electrode materials by improving the storage capacity and lifetimes of energy storage devices. However, the practical application of these materials in energy will require assembly into 3D structures with tuned architectures to truly maximise their available surface area for reactions, fluid transport or the distribution of functional sites. This research project focuses on the development of novel electrode materials with multi-scale architectures via advanced manufacturing approaches such as 3D printing, freeze casting and tape casting. Overall, the study will comprise the following endeavours: 1) fundamental research on the synthesis, chemical stability, and rheological properties of 2D materials: MXene; 2) Design of novel inks with optimized viscoelastic performance for freeze casting, tape casting and extrusion-based printing; 3) Investigate the structure-property evolution of the material during and after manufacturing via advanced characterization techniques; 4) Study of the electrochemical performance of relevant electrodes in energy storage devices (supercapacitor).
Date of Award1 Aug 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorSarah Haigh (Supervisor) & Suelen Barg (Supervisor)


  • MXene
  • 2D materials
  • Supercapacitor

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