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Dr Dipan Kundu

Biography
Phone
+61 2 9385 4339
Professional and Academic Affiliations
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney  -  since September, 2019
  • SNSF Ambizione Group Leader, Dept. of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland - 02/2017 - 08/2019 
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Waterloo, Canada, with Prof. Linda F. Nazar - 03/2013 - 11/2016; Postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich (in collaboration with Belenos Clean Power), Switzerland - 02/2012 - 01/2013
  • Doctoral studies (Ph.D.), Dept. of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) - Zürich, Switzerland, with Prof. Reinhard Nesper - 08/2007 - 01/2012
  • M.S. (3 years, through Integrated PhD Program), Chemical Sciences (Materials Science Specialization), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India - 2004 - 2007
Areas of Expertise
Electrochemical Energy Storage; Li-ion, Na-ion, Li-O2, Li-S, Multivalent, and Aqueous Zn Batteries; Solid Electrolytes and All-Solid-State-Batteries; Solid-State Electrochemistry; Operando Electrochemical Studies; Cell Design & Development; Materials Development & Optimization; Nanomaterials and Composites; Solid-State & Inorganic Chemistry.
Entrepreneurial Experience
Dipan's work on aqueous zinc batteries led to the foundation of a start-up - Salient Energy - in Canada. He was associated with Salient as a founder and CTO between 01/2016 - 08/2016

Research activities
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Present Research Interests
1. Understanding, development, and optimization of all-solid-state alkali metal (Li & Na) batteries and battery components using solid electrolytes.

Assessment of the kinetic stability of solid electrolytes under practical limits, concerning the choice of electrochemically active/nonactive components and operational conditions is the key focus here. Such studies are not only crucial for the device level integration of breakthrough solid electrolytes; they may shed light on unanticipated and unique phenomena of fundamental importance.

2. Development of novel inorganic and polymeric solid electrolytes with superior Li+/Na+ conductivity.

In the inorganic phase-space, the aim is to develop novel compounds with dynamically and/or statically disordered structures (superionic conductors); in the polymer space, development of single-ionic conducting membranes based on inexpensive polymers is the primary focus.

3. Aqueous rechargeable Zn (anode) batteries for large-scale (grid-storage, renewable, home) stationary storage applications.

Here, the motivation is to take our initial breakthrough forward through understanding of failure mechanisms, electro-chemical optimization, and scale-up to foster the technology's commercial prospect.

4. Operando electrochemical analysis of battery materials and all-solid-state cell development for operando (X-ray and spectroscopy) analysis.

Mechanistic understanding of battery electrode materials is the key to improve their properties and hence, the battery performance. Operando/in-situ analyses of battery electrodes can provide a real-time understanding of battery working principle and degradation mechanism of batteries. The focus in this area is to use a versatile operando electrochemical cell (home-made and validated) to elucidate key performance bottlenecks in some technologically important battery chemistries. Improvement and optimization of the cell design for broader application is another important direction.

Research Collaboration

Dr. Priyank Kumar & Dr. Claudio Cazorla - Computational studies of electrochemical systems

Prof. Markus Niederberger (Dept. of Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland) - Aqueous batteries; in-situ electrochemical TEM studies

Dr. Assil Bouzid (CNRS, France) - MD simulation studies of electrochemical interfaces

Research Supervision

Doctoral student: Christian Hänsel (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) - July 2017 - present (primary supervisor)

& Linda Wehner (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) - Sept 2018 - present (co-supervisor)

Master's thesis: Pascal Oberholzer, Anna Polek, Fiona Pacifico, Christos Glaros, and Hadrien Glatz (all primary supervisor; 2017-2019; graduated)

Research Output

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MHValy8AAAAJ&hl=en

Opportunity for Doctoral (PhD) & Masters (Honors) Research

Exciting and challenging projects are available for doctoral and master's (honors) studies in the area of electrochemical energy storage technologies (see above).

There are several scholarship opportunities for domestic and international students.

Domestic: https://research.unsw.edu.au/domestic-research-scholarships

International: https://research.unsw.edu.au/international-research-scholarships

Specialized PhD programs and fellowships: https://research.unsw.edu.au/phd-programs

To apply and for further details, please reach d.kundu@unsw.edu.au