Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Laurent Rubatat
Research topic: Control of the hierarchical self-assembly of ion-containing block-copolymer blends and exploration of the morphology-electrochemical-properties correlation

My name is Kingsley Ikenna Aniagbaoso and I was born in the southeast of Nigeria. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in polymer engineering from the Federal University of Technology in Owerri, Nigeria. Afterwards, I studied jointly at the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Strasbourg in France and obtained a double master’s degree in sustainable Materials-polymer science and material and nanoscience-polymer engineering respectively. The focus of my master thesis was on understanding and measuring voltage-induced actuation of conducting polymer hydrogel used for drug delivery in neural implants. Since October 2020, I joined the University of Pau and the goal of my project is to control the self-assembly of ion-conducting copolymer blends for electrochemical energy storage. My work experience in electrochemistry, polymer synthesis and characterization with AFM, FTIR and EIS would be very handy for the realization of the project objectives.

I am passionate about sustainability and clean energy, and my long-term research question is on how to tailor materials with unique electro-mechanochemical properties so they can meet the needs of the energy industry and that why I am excited to be ESR12 in POLYSTORAGE ITN. When I am not in the laboratory doing experiments, I am either having some sparring sessions in the boxing gym or with some friends having fun.