Deep eutectic solvents (DES) are a class of liquids comprised of a halide salt or hydrogen bond donor (HBD) and acceptor (HBA). DES are non-toxic, biodegradable, nonvolatile, and nonflammable. They have a high degree of structural flexibility. DES enable electrochemical reactions without the constraints of aqueous solvents.
We are part of the Energy Frontier Research Center “Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage” (BEES), headquartered at Case Western Research University. Our goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of the properties of DES so that they can be used in energy storage devices, especially flow batteries. Our group along with Mark Tuckerman’s at NYU is providing theoretical and computational support for the project. Derrick Poe and Yong Zhang are working on this project.
This work is funded by the Department of Energy, DE-SC0019409.