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Angela Harper

 Angela Harper

Angela Harper

Member of Churchill College

Office: 526 Mott Bld
Phone: +44(0)1223 3 36073
Email: afh41 @ cam.ac.uk

TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory
19 JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 0HE UK.

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Research

I am pursuing my MPhil in Physics as a part of the Churchill Scholarship, studying Li-ion battery anodes.

The growing need for sustainable and efficient energy storage devices demands research into battery materials and alternatives. My current research focuses on Li-ion battery materials, specifically Cu and P anodes. These anode materials are attractive for their high capacities, but suffer from capacity fading after just a few cycles in many cases.

In order to study this system in more detail, I am using a combination of density functional theory and structure searching with the DFT code CASTEP, and the ab initio Random Structure Searching technique (AIRSS) to search for new structures within the phase diagram of Cu, P, and Li.

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In Plain English

Discovering novel materials can be a time consuming and expensive technique for experimentalists. In order to circumvent these problems, we utilize computational techniques which allow us to search the vast space of unknown structures, in an attempt to find novel materials. I am applying this method to battery anodes, specifically transition metal phosphides.