Date of Degree

9-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Physics

Advisor

Steven G. Greenbaum

Committee Members

Yuhang Ren

Min Xu

Sophia Suarez

Rose Ruther

Keywords

Magnetic Resonance, NMR, Batteries, Energy Storage

Abstract

The widespread use of batteries in commercial products and services and the ever-changing climate has led to significant financial and environmental incentives to find novel forms of energy storage and has accelerated research in this field. This thesis discusses the applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy in characterizing and understanding novel battery materials, with an emphasis on diffusometry and structural characterization. Works discussed include: the characterization of a glyme-based electrolyte for supercapacitors and on a family of electrolytes for Na-ion batteries, an investigation of a novel glass-ceramic-polymer composite electrolyte for all solid state batteries, and the structural characterization of paramagnetic lithium transition-metal phosphate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.

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