My research expertise spans across electrochemistry, conformal surface coatings and characterization of (nano)materials, such as lithium metal oxides, interconnected metal nanowires, nanoporous aluminum oxide and silica - and their applications in Li-ion batteries, water electrolyzers and as corrosion barriers.
Currently working within the Faraday Institution's Nextrode project, I am developing techniques to map distribution of aqueous polymeric binders (e.g. carboxymethyl cellulose) in Li-ion electrodes using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX) and Backscattered Electron imaging, and correlate binder distribution with the electrochemistry of graphitic electrodes. I am also developing phase-inversion and coagulation-induced precipitation of binders to reduce drying time of battery electrodes, improve their mechanical strength and induce vertical porosity, that can accelerate charging time of Li-ion batteries.
I hold a joint industrial / academic PhD in Materials Science from imec & KU Leuven in Belgium, MSc (Honors) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from University of Barcelona in Spain and a BSc in Chemistry from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. Outside academia, I gained a yearly experience as a Young Graduate Traininee at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands and through several internships in European chemical companies and institutes.