Peter Ngene

Assistant Professor
Employed since: January 2015
Phone: +31 (0)6-22736379
Email: P.ngene@uu.nl
Room: 4.88

Research

Research

Nanoconfined complex hydrides as fast ion conductors for rechargeable batteries

The development of efficient energy storage systems is a key ingredient to facilitate wide-spread use of energy from renewable sources like solar and wind. A promising option is the use of high energy density rechargeable batteries. One of the major obstacles to realizing such high energy density batteries is the development of solid state fast ion conductors needed to realize all solid state rechargeable cells [1]. The light-weight complex hydrides especially those based on Li and Na have recently attracted significant attention as promising electrolyte materials for all solid-state Li and Na ion batteries [2]. Unfortunately these materials do not show sufficient ionic conductivity at ambient temperatures which is required for most battery applications.

It was recently discovered that the Li-ion conductivity of the complex hydride LiBH4 can be increased by about three orders of magnitude at room temperature when nanoconfined in mesoporous silica scaffolds [3-4]. The exact origin of this effect is not clear yet but is related to enhance Li-ion mobility resulting from possible interaction between LiBH4 and silica pore walls in the nanocomposites. The major aim of this project is to obtain a profound understanding of the origin of the increase conductivity upon nanoconfinement, and how this can be optimized to realize stable and high energy density all-solid state rechargeable batteries. The effects of nanoconfinement on the ionic conductivity of Li, Na, Mg and Al based complex hydrides will be investigated using different nanoscaffold materials.

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M. Unemoto, et al.,  Adv. Funct. Mater. 24 (2014) 2267.
D. Blanchard, et al., Adv. Funct. Mater. (2014) DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402538
M.H.W. Verkuijlen et al., J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 22169

C.V.

C.V.

2015-present: 
Postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. Petra. E. de Jongh, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2012-2014:  
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Prof Bernard Dam’s group, Materials for Energy conversion and Storage (MECS), Chemical Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, Netherland
Research Topic: Development of metal and polymer composite thin films/membranes for energy storage, hydrogen sensing and gas separation

2007-2011:  
PhD, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University. Supervisors: Prof. Petra de Jongh and Prof. dr. ir. Krijn de Jong
Thesis title: Nanoconfined complex metal hydrides for reversible hydrogen storage

2006-2007: 
MSc (MEMS) Micro- and Nano-Systems Engineering, ESIEE- Paris and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
Thesis title: Novel metal borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage

2003-2005:
Process Engineer, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Lagos Nigeria

1997-2002: 
B.Sc. Hons. Degree in Chemical Engineering, Federal University of technology Owerri (FUTO), Nigeria

Publications

Milanese, C; Jensen, T R; Hauback, B C; Pistidda, C; Dornheim, M; Yang, H; Lombardo, L; Zuettel, A; Filinchuk, Y; Ngene, P; de Jongh, P E; Buckley, C E; Dematteis, E M; Baricco, M

Complex hydrides for energy storage Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2019, (cited By 0; Article in Press).

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Latroche, M; Blanchard, D; Cuevas, F; Kharbachi, El A; Hauback, B C; Jensen, T R; de Jongh, P E; Kim, S; Nazer, N S; Ngene, P; Orimo, S -I; Ravnsbæk, D B; Yartys, V A

Full-cell hydride-based solid-state Li batteries for energy storage Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2019, (cited By 0).

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Bramwell, P L; Ngene, P; de Jongh, P E

Carbon supported lithium hydride nanoparticles: Impact of preparation conditions on particle size and hydrogen sorption Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42 (8), pp. 5188-5198, 2017, (cited By 7).

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Suwarno, ; Ngene, P; Nale, A; Eggenhuisen, T M; Oschatz, M; Embs, J P; Remhof, A; Jongh, De P E

Confinement Effects for Lithium Borohydride: Comparing Silica and Carbon Scaffolds Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121 (8), pp. 4197-4205, 2017, (cited By 6).

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Das, S; Ngene, P; Norby, P; Vegge, T; Jongh, De P E; Blanchard, D

All-solid-state lithium-sulfur battery based on a nanoconfined LiBH4 electrolyte Journal Article

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163 (9), pp. A2029-A2034, 2016, (cited By 22).

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Ngene, P; Verkuijlen, M H W; Barre, C; Kentgens, A P M; de Jongh, P E

Reversible Li-insertion in nanoscaffolds: A promising strategy to alter the hydrogen sorption properties of Li-based complex hydrides Journal Article

Nano Energy, 22 , pp. 169-178, 2016, (cited By 10).

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Bramwell, P L; Lentink, S; Ngene, P; Jongh, De P E

Effect of Pore Confinement of LiNH2 on Ammonia Decomposition Catalysis and the Storage of Hydrogen and Ammonia Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (48), pp. 27212-27220, 2016, (cited By 5).

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Gao, J; Ngene, P; Herrich, M; Xia, W; Gutfleisch, O; Muhler, M; Jong, De K P; Jongh, De P E

Interface effects in NaAlH4-carbon nanocomposites for hydrogen storage Journal Article

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39 (19), pp. 10175-10183, 2014, (cited By 10).

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Miedema, P S; Ngene, P; Eerden, Van Der A M J; Sokaras, D; Weng, T -C; Nordlund, D; Au, Y S; Groot, De F M F

In situ X-ray Raman spectroscopy study of the hydrogen sorption properties of lithium borohydride nanocomposites Journal Article

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16 (41), pp. 22651-22658, 2014, (cited By 8).

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Remhof, A; Mauron, P; Züttel, A; Embs, J P; Łodziana, Z; Ramirez-Cuesta, A J; Ngene, P; Jongh, De P

Hydrogen dynamics in nanoconfined lithiumborohydride Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117 (8), pp. 3789-3798, 2013, (cited By 37).

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Miedema, P S; Ngene, P; Eerden, Van Der A M J; Weng, T -C; Nordlund, D; Sokaras, D; Alonso-Mori, R; Juhin, A; Jongh, De P E; Groot, De F M F

In situ X-ray Raman spectroscopy of LiBH 4 Journal Article

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14 (16), pp. 5581-5587, 2012, (cited By 11).

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Gao, J; Ngene, P; Lindemann, I; Gutfleisch, O; Jong, De K P; Jongh, De P E

Enhanced reversibility of H 2 sorption in nanoconfined complex metal hydrides by alkali metal addition Journal Article

Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 (26), pp. 13209-13215, 2012, (cited By 25).

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Verkuijlen, M H W; Ngene, P; Kort, De D W; Barré, C; Nale, A; Eck, Van E R H; Bentum, Van P J M; Jongh, De P E; Kentgens, A P M

Nanoconfined LiBH 4 and enhanced mobility of Li +and BH 4 - studied by solid-state NMR Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 (42), pp. 22169-22178, 2012, (cited By 48).

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Ngene, P; Verkuijlen, M H W; Zheng, Q; Kragten, J; Bentum, Van P J M; Bitter, J H; Jongh, De P E

The role of Ni in increasing the reversibility of the hydrogen release from nanoconfined LiBH4 Journal Article

Faraday Discussions, 151 , pp. 47-58, 2011, (cited By 49).

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Ngene, P; Berg, Van Den R; Verkuijlen, M H W; Jong, De K P; Jongh, De P E

Reversibility of the hydrogen desorption from NaBH 4 by confinement in nanoporous carbon Journal Article

Energy and Environmental Science, 4 (10), pp. 4108-4115, 2011, (cited By 65).

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Ngene, P; Adelhelm, P; Beale, A M; Jong, De K P; Jongh, De P E

LiBH4/SBA-15 nanocomposites prepared by melt infiltration under hydrogen pressure: Synthesis and hydrogen sorption properties Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (13), pp. 6163-6168, 2010, (cited By 96).

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Ngene, P; Zwienen, Van R; Jongh, De P E

Reversibility of the hydrogen desorption from LiBH4: A synergetic effect of nanoconfinement and Ni addition Journal Article

Chemical Communications, 46 (43), pp. 8201-8203, 2010, (cited By 98).

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Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.