I-7 – “Polymer Electrolytes” - The ubiquity of ions and polymer materials in devices


Organizers: Maria Forsyth (Deakin University), Jean-Yves Sanchez (University Charles III), Vito Di Noto (University of Padua), Michel Armand (CIC EnergiGUNE), Steve Greenbaum (City University of New York), Masayoshi Watanabe (Yokohama National University), Jelena Popovic (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research), Monika Schönhoff (University of Münster), Yoichi Tominaga (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology).

Patrick Howlett

Deakin University, Australia

Associate Professor Patrick Howlett is a Senior Research Academic within the Institute of Frontier Materials at Deakin University. His research seeks to apply novel materials science principles, design and methodology to the development of new electromaterials. This mainly relates to electrochemical devices (e.g., batteries) and surface engineering through the manipulation of passivity for application in corrosion engineering. The materials focus of A/Prof Howlett’s research includes ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes, plastic crystal electrolytes as well as their composites, with a specific focus on the corrosion and electrochemical properties of reactive metals such as lithium and magnesium. His work also includes the use and development of advanced surface characterisation techniques including synchrotron based sources.
His research has resulted in over 100 refereed journal papers and 5 patents. He was the lead author on a manuscript and PCT entitled ‘High lithium metal cycling efficiency in a room temperature ionic liquid’ published in 2004, which helped to initiate a worldwide and ongoing effort to develop batteries based on these electrolytes. Some of his current projects include; new electrolyte and electrode materials for metal-air and flow batteries, organic ionic plastic crystal and ionic liquid electrolytes for advanced lithium, sodium batteries, corrosion resistant Ionic liquid coatings for light metal (Mg & Al) alloys and ionic liquid lubricants for steel-aluminium systems. He is a Chief Investigator within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, as well as several Australian Research Council and industry funded research projects.
Prior to commencing his research career he worked in the mining and petrochemical industries. In 1998 he joined the CSIRO doing battery research for 5 years, where he completed his PhD (Monash). Following this he became an ARC Centre of Excellence Research Fellow at Monash before moving to Deakin in 2010, where he now holds a continuing position focused on energy storage research.