University College London
Research Project: Revealing electrochemical defects in commercial li-ion cathodes with 3D-DPDF
Supervisors: Dr Alexander Rettie (UCL), Dr Rhodri Jervis (UCL), and Dr Dean Keeble (Diamond Light Source)
Zifa graduated from the University of Sheffield with a First-Class MEng degree in Chemical Engineering with Energy in 2021. For her final year research project, Zifa studied ways to inhibit dendrite formation and growth within garnet type electrolytes used in solid state batteries. She is now working with both the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at UCL and the Diamond Light Source, under the supervision of Dr Alex Rettie and Dr Dean Keeble. The research involves studying electrochemical defects in cathode materials using state-of-the art 3D-DPDF analysis.
Being part of the CDT-ACM was an all-round fantastic experience; I not only received great training in a range of advanced characterisation techniques, but I also made strong links with industry and strong bonds with my cohort which have both led to fruitful collaborations.