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Dr Yaksh Popat

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Renewable Energy group under Prof. Xiaohong Li. 

Current Research:

My Research work is focused on Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs) as potential technology for large scale energy storage applications given its long cycle life, high efficiency, superior safety and independent design of energy and power. I am working on the MELODY project with the aim of building membraneless low cost and high density hydrogen-bromine RFBs. This work is a collaboration between several partners across Europe and UK with the University of Exeter primarily responsible for the fabrication of a stable and efficient bromine electrode exhibiting high surface area, low cost and fast kinetics for bromine redox couples.

Research Interests:

  • Redox Flow Batteries- Hydrogen-bromine flow batteries for large scale deployment (kW-MW range)
  • Photocatalysis- wastewater treatment by fabrication of novel nanostructured photocatalysts 
  • Electrocatalysis- Water splitting reactions by developing efficient oxygen and hydrogen evolution catalysts with good stability and low overpotentials
  • Material characterisation- Microscopy studies including TEM, SEM and Spectroscopies like PL (TRPL), XPS, FTIR, UV-VIS-NIR and Raman.
  • Physical Vapor Deposition techniques like Pulsed Laser Deposition, Sputtering
  • Chemical synthesis techniques like Sol-gel, hydrothermal, co-precipitation and solvothermal.

Qualifications:

  • 2019: PhD (Physics) [University of Trento, Italy]
  • 2016: M.Sc (Physics) [University of Mumbai, India]
  • 2014: B.Sc [University of Mumbai, India]

Scholarships:

INSPIRE scholarship (Govt. of India)