Year Awarded: 2018
Research Lab: Alberto Salleo
Alexander Giovannitti received a Diplom in Chemistry from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and an MRes and Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College London. Alex is interested in the design of novel electrode materials which will pave the way for the development of safe and sustainable electrochemical energy storage. During his doctoral training, he developed and synthesized novel materials for the field of organic bioelectronics and particularly focused on the design of n-type polymers for accumulation mode Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECTs). Additionally, as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at Imperial College, he worked in the group of Prof. Jenny Nelson (Department of Physics) on the development of polymer batteries which can be operated in aqueous electrolytes.
Recyclable batteries – Towards sustainable and safe energy storage
Redox-Active Polymers Designed for the Circular Economy of Energy Storage Devices ACS Energy Letters, September 2021
High‐Gain Chemically Gated Organic Electrochemical Transistor Advanced Materials, March 2021
The effect of alkyl spacers on the mixed ionic-electronic conduction properties of n-type polymers Advanced Materials, January 2021
Polaron Delocalization in Donor‐Acceptor Polymers and its Impact on Organic Electrochemical Transistor Performance Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., December 2020
Side Chain Redistribution as a Strategy to Boost Organic Electrochemical Transistor Performance and Stability Advanced Materials, August 2020
Temperature-resilient solid-state organic artificial synapses for neuromorphic computing Sciences Advances, July 2020
Energetic Control of Redox‐Active Polymers toward Safe Organic Bioelectronic Materials Advanced Materials, March 2020
The goal of Alexander Giovannitti’s research is to develop a recyclable battery based on solution-processable organic materials. To accomplish this, electrode materials will be designed to efficiently store electronic and ionic charges with safe electrolytes. Additionally, all materials used will be non-toxic and environmentally friendly. This will allow Alex to develop a recycling process for the battery and open up new pathways to explore sustainable electrochemical energy storage devices. The key to the development of scalable recyclable energy storage devices will be the ability to allow for processing electrode and electrolyte materials from solution. This will pave the way for the low-cost production of the battery (e.g. printing of batteries).