This young researcher focuses on the development of low environmental-impact materials for sodium ion batteries.
Category: Young Researcher of the Year
Our lives are filled with battery-powered devices. The so-called lithium-ion batteries are gaining a vital role in also promoting the electrification of car fleet and transition toward a renewable energy sources powered existence. It is for this exponentially growing demand of lithium-batteries that lithium itself, the chemical element at the heart of the battery, might become soon a strategic asset. In order not to replace the painful dependence from fossil fuels, with the one from lithium, humanity needs alternatives, equally versatile, to store energy. These can come from sodium, an element infinitely more abundant than lithium and whose compounds, synthetized by low-cost and environmentally safe methods, have been studied during Gianluca Longoni’s Doctorate as fast charging materials for new generation batteries: Sodium-ion batteries. They can be coupled with Lithium batteries and share with them the burden of storing enormous amount of energy coming from solar panels and wind turbines, making it readily available when the sun is not shining or the wind is dull. Longoni’s awarded research is “Investigation of Sodium-ion Battery Materials”.
Launched in 2007 to recognise the best studies on efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection, the annual Eni Award is an international prize for applied research in the field of energy. Every year the competition involves many of the most important scientific institutions in the world as well as Eni's own in-house laboratories.
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