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From the selective dissolution of an alloy or a compound evolves nanoporous metal. This fascinating structure holds a promise of functionalities and reveals the physics behind the ubiquitous formation mechanism. (Our current understanding of it is in this perspective.)
Batteries power small electronics, cars, and even the electricity grid, enabling our transition toward renewable energy. We strive to understand how to extend their lifetime, particularly if it hinges on the microstructural stability of metal electrodes.
A beautiful structure does not guarantee a useful property. We (materials scientists) tend to oversell the promise of new material (our favorite nanoporous metal included). A fix to this problem requires rigorous characterizations of structure-property relationships, including the dynamics and the distributions.

    In-situ characterization of high-capacity electrodes to tackle stability issues. 


Prof. Qing Chen holds a bachelor's degree in Polymer Science from Zhejiang University and a PhD degree in Materials Science from Arizona State University. He attained his postdoctoral training at Harvard University. He is currently affiliated with both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also the associate director of the Energy Institute, HKUST. (CV)

Group Alumni:

Zhien Wang - PhD student @ MIT

Wenqing Ruan - Faculty @ Shenzhen University

Guoyin Zhu - Faculty @ Nanjing University of Information Sci & Tech

Anson Tsang - PhD student @ Princeton

Yuan Xu - Postdoc @ Shenzhen University

Jiatao Mao - Scientist @ BYD

Congcheng Wang - Postdoc @ Georgia Tech

Yiting Zheng - Consultant @ Exponent

Shida Yang - Scientist @ CATL

Jie Li - Postdoc @ University of Stuttgart 

Yunhe Zhao - Postdoc @ Miami University

Zhibin Yi - Scientist @ BYD

Kevin Chan - PhD student @ U Wisconsin Madison

Wang C. The microstructural dependence of ionic transport in bi-continuous nanoporous metal. Acta Mater. (2024). >> view the article
Yi Z. Decoding the Mechanisms of Reversibility Loss in Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries. Nano Lett. (2023). >> view the article
Chen Q. Spontaneous Bicontinuous Nanoporous Metals with Self-Organized
Functionalities (Perspective). Chem. Mater. (2022). 
>> view the article
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