Researcher

Dr Dipan Kundu

My Expertise

  • Electrochemical energy storage research
  • Li-ion, Na-ion, Li-O2, Li-S, multivalent, and aqueous Zn batteries
  • Solid-state batteries
  • Novel solid electrolyte development
  • Solid-state electrochemistry
  • Operando electrochemical studies of battery electrodes
  • Cell design & development
  • Materials development & optimization for energy storage applications
  • Nanomaterials and composites
  • Solid-State & inorganic chemistry

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering, Functional Materials, Electrochemistry

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Biography

Professional and Academic Affiliations
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney  -  Joined 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),...view more
Professional and Academic Affiliations
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney  -  Joined 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 (PhD), Dept. of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) - Zürich, Switzerland, with Prof. Reinhard Nesper - 08/2007 - 01/2012
  • M.S. (3 years Int. PhD Program), Chemical Sciences (Materials Science Specialization), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India - 2004 - 2007

Entrepreneurial Experience

Founder and CTO of Salient Energy (Canada): 09/2015-08/2016; Dipan's work on aqueous zinc batteries led to the foundation this start-up.

My Awards

  • Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione fellowship award (2017)
  • Velocity start-up fund award ( CA$ 35000 with Salient Energy) (2016)
  • CSIR-UGC (qualified NET, 2007: well recognized and accepted test in India for graduate research and lectureship) doctoral (PhD) fellowship for PhD study in India
  • Integrated PhD fellowship in Chemical Sciences at IISc (for joint M.S. + PhD studies)
  • “National Merit Scholarship” (2004) for outstanding academic performance at Undergraduate level (BSc).

Selected press coverage

- ‘Mixed-metal oxide shows promise as zinc-ion battery cathode’ - c&en news (ACS), vol. 94, p. 13, 2016.
- ‘UW chemists say zinc-based battery could be a game-changer’ – CTV news, Canada, 2016
   http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/uw-chemists-say-zinc-based-battery-could-be-a-game-changer-1.3051161
- ‘Chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage’ – Science Daily, 2016
- EurekAlert! (AAAS), Chem Europe, The Engineer, Space Daily (for Zn-ion battery)
- Nanowerk Nanotechnology News, Technology Org (Li-S Battery)


My 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 Supervision

Doctoral student: Christian Hänsel (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) - July 2017 - Mar 2021

Abhirup Bhadra and Yuan Shang (UNSW) - Since Oct 2020

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


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Electrochemical Energy Storage; Solid Electrolytes and All-Solid-State-Batteries; Multivalent and Aqueous Zinc Batteries; Solid-State Electrochemistry; Operando Electrochemical Studies; Cell Design & Development; Materials Development & Optimization;


Currently supervising

Primary supervisor: Christian Hansel, ETH Zurich (2017-2021)

Yuan Shang & Abhirup Bhadra, UNSW Sydney (2020)

Co-supervisor: Linda Wehner  (ETH Zurich)

 


My Teaching

ENGG 3060: Faculty of Engineering - Maker Games (Term 2 & 3, 2020)

CEIC2005: Chemical Reaction Engineering (Summer Term 2020 & 2021)

GSOE9111: Multivalent Batteries (One guest lecture, UNSW ChemEng, 2019)

327-1203-00L: Complex Materials I – Synthesis and Assembly (Co-lecturer, ETH Zurich Materials, 2017 - 2018)

 

 

 

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Location

Room 222, E10 Hilmer Building

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Contact

+61 2 9385 4339