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  • Christo Sevov, Ph.D.
    12/13/16 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Christo S. Sevov, Ph.D.

    Department Seminar

"Application of Organic Chemistry Principles to the Design of Anolytes and Catholytes for Redox Flow Batteries"

Electrical energy is currently the single largest form of energy consumed worldwide, and the consumption of electricity is predicted to double by 2050. Supplementing this demand with electrical energy generated from the harvesting of renewable energies requires grid-scale energy storage systems that can mediate the variable and intermittent flux of the renewables. Redox flow batteries (RFB) are a promising storage technology that can be built to the necessary grid-scale because they utilize liquid anode and cathode materials. While many RFB chemistries have been previously identified, few possess the necessary combination of high solubility, high energy, and high stability to be viable for commercial applications. 

This seminar will explore the development and application of general strategies for the design of anolytes and catholytes that exhibit the elusive combination of properties necessary for RFB application. In particular, the foundation of these strategies arises from studies performed at the interface of the fields of electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Through the application of experimental mechanistic study, synthetic organic chemistry, correlative modeling, and electrochemical analysis, anolyte and catholyte chemistries were developed with the rare combination of high solubility, desirable redox potentials, and long cycling lifetimes.

Christo Sevov

Christo Sevov, Ph.D., conducts research on flow batteries, working with Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University Notre Dame, and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Professor Thomas Hoye
    • Christo S. Sevov
    • Department of Chemistry
    • University of Michigan
    • Ann Arbor

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