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Ami Shah

Ami Shah

Background
Ami was born in North West London and achieved a First-Class with Honours degree in Chemistry (MSci) at the University of Nottingham in 2018. At Nottingham, her fourth year Master’s project included the use of a novel activated carbon material for lithium-sulfur batteries. She then returned to London where she started working on synthesis and characterisation methods of 2D and hybrid materials for energy storage devices as a PhD student in January 2019.

Research Summary
Title: Synthesis and characterisation of graphene/MoS2 hybrid materials for Li-ion batteries

Ami’s project focuses on developing a new synthesis route to a graphene/MoS2 hybrid material in alternating layer form. Various characterisation methods will be employed during her research including Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to confirm the desired structure. Ami will then test the material’s electrochemical performance in coin cells, as a potential anode for lithium-ion batteries with high reversible capacity. Exploiting the best properties of graphene and monolayer MoS¬2 individually should result in a synergistic effect where the electrochemical performance of the hybrid is greater than the sum of its constituents. Using the characterisation techniques mentioned above will provide insights into the physical and chemical properties which make the hybrid material an excellent anode candidate. 

List of conferences attended
STFC Early Career Researcher Conference, The Cosener’s House, Abingdon: Monday 18th March – Tuesday 19th March 2019
Materials for Clean Energy Conference (MCEC), National Physical Laboratory: Monday 8th April – Wednesday 10th April 2019
London Energy Material and Device Hub Meeting (LEMD), University College London: Thursday 6th June 2019