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TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory
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Cambridge, CB3 0HE UK.
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.