Harnessing renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning fossil fuels. However, widespread utilization of these sources will require advances in electrochemical energy storage technology, with a major concern being safety. Commercial lithium-ion batteries contain liquid electrolytes that are extremely flammable and are a serious hazard if damaged, so there is a need to develop safer and more robust alternative electrolytes. To address the flammability concerns of commercial electrolytes, we will use ionic liquids because they are known for having high thermal stability and negligible volatility. In addition, we will attempt to synthesize a novel zwitterionic triblock copolymer that will be combined with an ionic liquid to form a gel electrolyte. With this project, we aim to develop a safer alternative to commercial electrolytes that we hope can eventually lead to more widespread adoption of sustainable technologies.
Morgan is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. They expect to complete their studies in May 2021. Before coming to Tufts, Morgan earned their B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. At Tufts, Morgan is also a member of the Graduate Student Council.
Current Studies and Future Goals
When asked what they found most meaningful about their field of study, Morgan responded with the following: "Performing novel research and learning about recent technological advances in a variety of fields and industries related to chemistry and biology".
When asked what interested them in becoming a TIE Fellow, Morgan responded with the following: "The main draw was being able to propose and complete the research for a small project directly related to my interests and goals in safer energy storage technology".
Morgan would like to continue research and eventually pursue a position in academic once they finish their studies at Tufts.
When not doing school work Morgan can be found creating digital art, playing the piano, and cooking.
Favorite food: Fish
Favorite Movie: Princess Mononoke
Other fun facts: Morgan is the second eldest of six siblings