Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claudio Gerbaldi
Research topic: Polymer-electrolyte optimisation and feasibility study on the industrialisation of the production process

I am Mingjie Zhang from China. My background is in Materials Science and Engineering with interests on clean energy materials. During my bachelor’s at Imperial College London, UK I designed the battery system for an economic electric vehicle. While during my master’s, my research focused on solar energy and thin film technology. I once participated in a research internship at Stanford University working on organic solar cell fabrication/optimization.

I will be working as an ESR at Politecnico di Torino (Prof. Claudio Gerbaldi). The goal of my project will be to develop in-situ polymerization using UV-induced thermal polymerization processes, fabrication of all-solid Li-ion polymer cells at lab-scale as well as design a suitable pilot plant to implement the developed process and realize a basic proof-of-concept engineering. POLYSTORAGE is one of the most advanced research projects that will tackle the current technological limitations by developing highly innovative polymer electrolytes and polymer active materials for the next generation of energy storage technologies. In my spare time, I love adventures and enjoy traveling and reading psychology and history books.