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Thermal properties of lithiated siliconnanowires for Li-ion batteries

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Short Description

The storage capacity is an important property which can enhance the battery life of today's portable devices, likesmartphones and notebooks, as well as of electric vehicles. Therefore, we are investigating different electrodematerials for Li-ion batteries with the help of advanced simulation tools for nanoscale devices. Silicon, forexample, provides a storage capacity for lithium which is more than twice as much as the capacity of the widelyused anode material graphite. An analysis of the thermal properties is necessary to ensure that the materialcharacteristics do not limit the charge/discharge process of the battery.

The Big Picture

Your task is to set up a pre-designed set of structures to investigate their thermal conductance. This will be donewith several simulation tools provided from our group. At the same time you will create your own analysis scriptsto prepare the inputs and study the outputs of the simulations.

Status: Available

Looking for 1 Master student
Interested candidates please contact: Dominik Bauer


We are seeking a candidate with a strong interest in physics-based modeling and batteries, as well as goodknowledge in programming (experience with MATLAB/Python desired).

Type of Work

20% Theory, 80% Simulation & MATLAB/Python analysis.


Mathieu Luisier

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