Instructor :
Dr. Dinesh Shetty
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The proposed project aims to design and synthesize series of conducting porous organic polymers for highly efficient desalination and reverse electrodialysis. The project involves tailoring the synthesis of pi-electron-rich porous polymers featuring impressive surface area by effective utilization of rich covalent chemistry. The planned synthesis potentially results in various polymers and/or membranes with high specific capacitance and pre-designed network structures with a highly accessible surface area. These materials will be tested for their ability as either anode or cathode material in electro-desalination cells that includes capacitive deionization (CDI) and reverse electrodialysis (RED). This investigation will be part of a larger active research on the development of efficient polymers and/or membranes for water purification and desalination applications.

Expected outcome from the Student's work

The key outcomes of the project will be to generate new chemistries towards porous polymeric electrode materials and develop a library of valuable conducting materials to support RED-based desalination. The primary role of the student is to conduct the designed experiments to synthesize a series of polymers and their complete characterizations including photophysical properties. Based on the screening, lead polymers will be tested for their electrochemical performance. The student will have hands-on experience in material synthesis, characterizations, and desalination process.

Terms & conditions
  • A fundamental knowledge in polymer chemistry is required. Prior knowledge in materials science, organic synthesis and/or porous materials is a plus.
  • Technical handling skills in wet chemistry.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills.