Tutorial on Batteries and Talk: "Organic Ionic Plastic crystals – novel ionic electrolytes for alkali metal batteries" / Institut for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia
Patrick Howlett
Tutorial on Batteries and Talk: "Organic Ionic Plastic crystals – novel ionic electrolytes for alkali metal batteries" / Institut for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia
Associate Professor Patrick Howlett is a Senior Research Academic within the Institute of Frontier Materials at Deakin University from 2010. From 1998 to 2000 Patrick was an experimental scientist at CSIRO Energy Technology, before embarking on a PhD at Monash University, which he completed in 2004. Following his PhD he was a Research Fellow at Monash's School of Chemistry until 2006. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University. His research seeks to apply novel materials science principles, design and methodology to the development of new electromaterials. This mainly relates to electrochemical devices (e.g., batteries) and surface engineering through the manipulation of passivity for application in corrosion engineering. The materials focus of Dr Howlett’s research includes ionic liquid and plastic crystal electrolytes as well as a specific focus on the corrosion and electrochemical properties of reactive metals such as lithium and magnesium. His work also includes the use and development of advanced surface characterisation techniques including synchrotron based sources. His research has resulted in over 90 refereed journal papers and 2 patents.He was the lead author on a manuscript and PCT entitled “High lithium metal cycling efficiency in a room temperature ionic liquid” published in 2004, which helped to initiate a worldwide and ongoing effort to develop batteries based on these electrolytes. Some of his current projects include: new electrolyte and electrode materials for advanced metal-air and flow batteries, organic ionic plastic crystal and ionic liquid electrolytes for advanced batteries, corrosion resistant Ionic liquid coatings for light metal (Mg & Al) alloys and ionic liquid lubricants for steel-aluminium systems.