Prof. Shanqing Zhang
Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, School of Environment and Science, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
Prof. Zaiping Guo
School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Professor Zaiping Guo is an Australian Laureate Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide. She is also an Associate Editor for Chemical Science, a flagship journal of the RSC. Her research focuses on the design and application of electrode materials and electrolyte for energy storage and conversion, including rechargeable batteries, hydrogen storage, and fuel cells. Her research achievements have been recognized through numerous awards, including an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2010, an ARC Future Professorial Fellowship in 2015, an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2021), and the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher Award in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. She was also awarded 2020 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering for Excellence in Engineering or Information and Communications Technology.
Efficient and reliable energy storage systems are crucial for our modern society. Battery safety is of growing importance and needs to be considered during the development of batteries. Those high-profile incidents involving battery fires as portrayed by the media, result from exothermic chemical reactions occurring between the flammable electrolyte and the electrode material under abusive operating conditions. Non-flammable electrolytes could intrinsically eliminate fire hazards and improve battery safety. In this talk, I will present some of our recent progress in the design and development of non-flammable electrolytes to enhance safety and electrochemical performance of rechargeable metal ion batteries.