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Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi
PhD, MRSC, FHEA, MSc, MA

 

Research Funding

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Current Funded Research Projects

Interstitial Hydrides of High-Entropy Alloys

Funding source: Defence Science and Technology Lab.-GOV UK
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £99,930

This French-UK collaboration is focussed on developing new high-entropy alloys for hydrogen storage. The alloys obtained have high hydrogen-storage capacity, desirable and viable for energy-storage applications, also allowing for the fundamental study of processes related to the inclusion and removal of hydrogen in the metals/alloys.

Design and assessment of solid-state alkali metal-ion conductor 1D channeled framework materials

Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-12-2019  /  End: 30-11-2022
Amount: £122,221

A key challenge in developing all-solid-state batteries is the electrolyte: that is, the material that allows the charge transfer between the electrodes. This project is delivering new materials featuring one dimensional channels on the atomic scale for this application.

Sustainable Processing of Energy Materials from Waste

Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-01-2019  /  End: 31-12-2021
Amount: £32,669

A multi-disciplinary team from the UK (QMUL, Imperial and UCL) and China (CAS and Tsinghua) delivers a vision of sustainable waste upgrading into advanced materials for the renewable-energy sector.

Bacterial Nanocellulose for Energy Applications

Funding source: Newton Fund , (British Council)
Start: 14-04-2020  /  End: 16-10-2021
Amount: £50,000

Our project aims to reuse the leftover of the fique natural fiber production (juice) from local producers in Antioquia, where close to 100 farmers of fique fibers sell this raw material at a price of $150 COP/kg for the production of sacks and cord. We will use the fique juice as a culture medium for the Komagataeibacter Medellinensis bacteria for the synthesis of bacterial nanocellulose, which will be further activated for energy storage applications, including lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. With this project, we will support local farmers, who will benefit from selling their agricultural waste to biomass companies, providing farmers a new source of income. The proposed collaboration involves Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Previous Funded Research Projects

Experimental costs at ISIS (STFC)

Funding source: Science & Technology Research Council (STFC)
Start: 01-10-2019  /  End: 31-03-2020

Contribution to experimental costs at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (STFC)

Funding source: Science & Technology Research Council (STFC)
Start: 01-10-2019  /  End: 31-03-2020

Conference attendance and visit of collaborators in Japan

Funding source: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Start: 02-01-2020  /  End: 01-02-2020

Development of a new class of adaptable self-supporting hydroxide-ion conducting membranes

Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-08-2018  /  End: 31-07-2019

We are making self-supporting membranes based on MOF nanofibres, which have a high intrinsic hydroxide ion conductivity.

Other Research Projects

Direct CO2 conversion on geometry and surface-controlled supported nanoclusters (International Exchange Grant)

In this research highly porous hybrid template materials are used to enable the growth of geometry and surface chemistry controlled catalyst nanoclusters. These particles are tailored to best catalyse reactions for the conversion of carbon dioxide.