Dr Dipan Kundu
Senior Lecturer

Dr Dipan Kundu

Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering
Professional and Academic Affiliations
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney : since 09/2019
  • SNSF Ambizione Group Leader, Dept. of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland : 2017 - 2019 
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Waterloo, Canada, with Prof. Linda F. Nazar : 2013 - 2016; Postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich (jointly with Belenos Clean Power AG), Switzerland : 2012 - 2013
  • Doctoral studies (PhD), Dept. of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) - Zürich, Switzerland, with Prof. Reinhard Nesper : 2007 - 2012
  • M.S. (3 years Int. PhD Program), Chemical Sciences (Materials Science Specialization), Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India : 2004 - 2007

Entrepreneurial Experience

Founder and CTO of Salient Energy (Canada): 2015-2016; Dipan's postdoctoral work led to the foundation of this start-up.
Phone
+61 2 9385 4339
Location
Room 222, E10 Hilmer Building
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Mittal U; Colasuonno F; Rawal A; Lessio M; Kundu D, 2022, 'A highly stable 1.3 V organic cathode for aqueous zinc batteries designed in-situ by solid-state electrooxidation', Energy Storage Materials, vol. 46, pp. 129 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ensm.2022.01.004
    Journal articles | 2022
    Shang Y; Kumar P; Musso T; Mittal U; Du Q; Liang X; Kundu D, 2022, 'Long-Life Zn Anode Enabled by Low Volume Concentration of a Benign Electrolyte Additive', Advanced Functional Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202200606
    Journal articles | 2022
    Shang Y; Kundu D, 2022, 'Aqueous Zn-ion batteries: Cathode materials and analysis', Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, vol. 33, pp. 100954 - 100954, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coelec.2022.100954
    Journal articles | 2022
    Shang Y; Kundu D, 2022, 'Understanding and Performance of the Zinc Anode Cycling in Aqueous Zinc-Ion Batteries and a Roadmap for the Future', Batteries and Supercaps, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/batt.202100394
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hänsel C; Kundu D, 2021, 'The Stack Pressure Dilemma in Sulfide Electrolyte Based Li Metal Solid-State Batteries: A Case Study with Li6PS5Cl Solid Electrolyte', Advanced Materials Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 2100206 - 2100206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admi.202100206
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hänsel C; Singh B; Kiwic D; Canepa P; Kundu D, 2021, 'Favorable Interfacial Chemomechanics Enables Stable Cycling of High-Li-Content Li-In/Sn Anodes in Sulfide Electrolyte-Based Solid-State Batteries', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 33, pp. 6029 - 6040, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c01431
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lizundia E; Kundu D, 2021, 'Advances in Natural Biopolymer-Based Electrolytes and Separators for Battery Applications', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 31, pp. 2005646 - 2005646, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202005646
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mittal U; Kundu D, 2021, 'Electrochemical Stability of Prospective Current Collectors in the Sulfate Electrolyte for Aqueous Zn-Ion Battery Application', Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ac2705
    Journal articles | 2020
    Blanc LE; Kundu D; Nazar LF, 2020, 'Scientific Challenges for the Implementation of Zn-Ion Batteries', Joule, vol. 4, pp. 771 - 799, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2020.03.002
    Journal articles | 2020
    Glatz H; Tervoort E; Kundu D, 2020, 'Unveiling Critical Insight into the Zn Metal Anode Cyclability in Mildly Acidic Aqueous Electrolytes: Implications for Aqueous Zinc Batteries', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 3522 - 3530, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b16125
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hänsel C; Kumar PV; Kundu D, 2020, 'Stack Pressure Effect in Li3PS4 and Na3PS4 Based Alkali Metal Solid-State Cells: The Dramatic Implication of Interlayer Growth', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 32, pp. 10501 - 10510, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c03444
    Journal articles | 2020
    Polek A; Cazorla C; Kundu D, 2020, 'Nature of Alkali Ion Conduction and Reversible Na-Ion Storage in Hybrid Formate Framework Materials', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 124, pp. 26714 - 26721, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c09783
    Journal articles | 2019
    Glatz H; Lizundia E; Pacifico F; Kundu D, 2019, 'An Organic Cathode Based Dual-Ion Aqueous Zinc Battery Enabled by a Cellulose Membrane', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 2, pp. 1288 - 1294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.8b01851
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hänsel C; Kundu D, 2019, 'Development of Hierarchically Porous Ionomer Membranes for Versatile and Fast Metal Ion Conduction', ACS Omega, vol. 4, pp. 2684 - 2692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.8b03552
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hänsel C; Lizundia E; Kundu D, 2019, 'A Single Li-Ion Conductor Based on Cellulose', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 2, pp. 5686 - 5691, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.9b00821
    Journal articles | 2019
    Oberholzer P; Tervoort E; Bouzid A; Pasquarello A; Kundu D, 2019, 'Oxide versus Nonoxide Cathode Materials for Aqueous Zn Batteries: An Insight into the Charge Storage Mechanism and Consequences Thereof', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 11, pp. 674 - 682, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b16284
    Journal articles | 2019
    Pang Q; Kwok CY; Kundu D; Liang X; Nazar LF, 2019, 'Lightweight Metallic MgB 2 Mediates Polysulfide Redox and Promises High-Energy-Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries', Joule, vol. 3, pp. 136 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2018.09.024
    Journal articles | 2018
    Huang H; Kundu D; Yan R; Tervoort E; Chen X; Pan L; Oschatz M; Antonietti M; Niederberger M, 2018, 'Fast Na-Ion Intercalation in Zinc Vanadate for High-Performance Na-Ion Hybrid Capacitor', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201802800
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hänsel C; Kundu D, 2018, 'Development of Novel Ionomer Electrolytes for Alkali Metal Batteries', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2018-02, pp. 118 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2018-02/2/118
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kim SY; Kundu D; Nazar LF, 2018, 'A 4 V Na+ Intercalation Material in a New Na-Ion Cathode Family', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201701729
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kundu D; Hosseini Vajargah S; Wan L; Adams B; Prendergast D; Nazar LF, 2018, 'Aqueous: Vs. nonaqueous Zn-ion batteries: Consequences of the desolvation penalty at the interface', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 11, pp. 881 - 892, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8ee00378e
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kundu D; Oberholzer P; Glaros C; Bouzid A; Tervoort E; Pasquarello A; Niederberger M, 2018, 'Organic Cathode for Aqueous Zn-Ion Batteries: Taming a Unique Phase Evolution toward Stable Electrochemical Cycling', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 30, pp. 3874 - 3881, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01317
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kundu D; Oberholzer P; Glaros C; Glatz H, 2018, 'Towards Better Aqueous Zn Batteries: Through in-Depth Understanding and Cathode Host Development', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2018-02, pp. 379 - 379, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2018-02/5/379
    Journal articles | 2016
    Black R; Shyamsunder A; Adeli P; Kundu D; Murphy GK; Nazar LF, 2016, 'The Nature and Impact of Side Reactions in Glyme-based Sodium–Oxygen Batteries', ChemSusChem, vol. 9, pp. 1795 - 1803, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201600034
    Journal articles | 2016
    Kundu D; Adams BD; Duffort V; Vajargah SH; Nazar LF, 2016, 'A high-capacity and long-life aqueous rechargeable zinc battery using a metal oxide intercalation cathode', Nature Energy, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2016.119
    Journal articles | 2016
    Pang Q; Kundu D; Nazar LF, 2016, 'A graphene-like metallic cathode host for long-life and high-loading lithium-sulfur batteries', Materials Horizons, vol. 3, pp. 130 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5mh00246j
    Journal articles | 2015
    Hart CJ; Cuisinier M; Liang X; Kundu D; Garsuch A; Nazar LF, 2015, 'Rational design of sulphur host materials for Li-S batteries: Correlating lithium polysulphide adsorptivity and self-discharge capacity loss', Chemical Communications, vol. 51, pp. 2308 - 2311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4cc08980d
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Black R; Adams B; Harrison K; Zavadil K; Nazar LF, 2015, 'Nanostructured metal carbides for aprotic Li-O2 batteries: New insights into interfacial reactions and cathode stability', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 6, pp. 2252 - 2258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00721
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Black R; Adams B; Nazar LF, 2015, 'A highly active low voltage redox mediator for enhanced rechargeability of lithium-oxygen batteries', ACS Central Science, vol. 1, pp. 510 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.5b00267
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Black R; Berg EJ; Nazar LF, 2015, 'A highly active nanostructured metallic oxide cathode for aprotic Li-O2 batteries', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 8, pp. 1292 - 1298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ee02587c
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Black R; Nazar LF, 2015, 'Towards Improved Energy Efficiency of Aprotic Li-O2 Batteries', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2015-01, pp. 369 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2015-01/2/369
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Krumeich F; Fotedar R; Nesper R, 2015, 'A nanocrystalline nitride as an insertion anode for Li-ion batteries', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 278, pp. 608 - 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.12.087
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Talaie E; Duffort V; Nazar LF, 2015, 'ChemInform Abstract: The Emerging Chemistry of Sodium Ion Batteries for Electrochemical Energy Storage', ChemInform, vol. 46, pp. no - no, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chin.201521309
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Talaie E; Duffort V; Nazar LF, 2015, 'Natriumionenbatterien für die elektrochemische Energiespeicherung', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 127, pp. 3495 - 3513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201410376
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Talaie E; Duffort V; Nazar LF, 2015, 'The emerging chemistry of sodium ion batteries for electrochemical energy storage', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 54, pp. 3432 - 3448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201410376
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Tripathi R; Popov G; Makahnouk WRM; Nazar LF, 2015, 'ChemInform Abstract: Synthesis, Structure, and Na-Ion Migration in Na4NiP2O7F2: A Prospective High Voltage Positive Electrode Material for the Na-Ion Battery.', ChemInform, vol. 46, pp. no - no, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chin.201517013
    Journal articles | 2015
    Kundu D; Tripathi R; Popov G; Makahnouk WRM; Nazar LF, 2015, 'Synthesis, structure, and Na-ion migration in Na4NiP2O7F2: A prospective high voltage positive electrode material for the Na-ion battery', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 27, pp. 885 - 891, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm504058k
    Journal articles | 2015
    Nazar LF; Kundu D; Xia C; Black R; Adams B; Fernandes R, 2015, 'Towards a Better Understanding of Aprotic Alkali-Oxygen Batteries', ECS Meeting Abstracts, vol. MA2015-03, pp. 576 - 576, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/ma2015-03/2/576
    Journal articles | 2014
    Afyon S; Kundu D; Darbandi AJ; Hahn H; Krumeich F; Nesper R, 2014, 'A low dimensional composite of hexagonal lithium manganese borate (LiMnBO3), a cathode material for Li-ion batteries', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 2, pp. 18946 - 18951, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ta04209c
    Journal articles | 2014
    Pang Q; Kundu D; Cuisinier M; Nazar LF, 2014, 'Surface-enhanced redox chemistry of polysulphides on a metallic and polar host for lithium-sulphur batteries', Nature Communications, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5759
    Journal articles | 2013
    Afyon S; Kundu D; Krumeich F; Nesper R, 2013, 'Nano LiMnBO3, a high-capacity cathode material for Li-ion batteries', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 224, pp. 145 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.09.099
    Journal articles | 2013
    Kundu D; Krumeich F; Nesper R, 2013, 'Investigation of nano-fibrous selenium and its polypyrrole and graphene composite as cathode material for rechargeable Li-batteries', Journal of Power Sources, vol. 236, pp. 112 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.02.050
    Journal articles | 2010
    Kundu P; Halder A; Viswanath B; Kundu D; Ramanath G; Ravishankar N, 2010, 'Nanoscale heterostructures with molecular-scale single-crystal metal wires', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 132, pp. 20 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja907874h
  • Preprints | 2021
    Hänsel C; Singh B; Kiwic D; Canepa P; Kundu D, 2021, Favorable Interfacial Chemomechanics Enables Stable Cycling of High Li-Content Li-In/Sn Anodes in Sulfide Electrolyte Based Solid-State Batteries
    Patents | 2020
    Kundu D; Kyburz T; Niederberger M, 2020, Device and Method for In-Operando Monitoring of an Electrochemical Cell, Patent No.
    Patents | 2017
    Kundu D; Adams BD, 2017, Electrode materials for rechargeable zinc cells and batteries produced therefrom, WO, US, CA, Patent No. US9780412
    Patents | 2013
    Kundu D; Nesper R; Fotedar R; Woerle M; Fjellvag H, 2013, Nitride and carbide anode materials, EP, US, CN, JP, KR, TW, Patent No. US8426061

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Present Research Interests
1. Understanding, development, and optimization of all-solid-state alkali metal (Li & Na) batteries and battery components using solid electrolytes.

Assessment of the kinetic stability of solid electrolytes under practical limits, concerning the choice of electrochemically active/nonactive components and operational conditions is the key focus here. Such studies are not only crucial for the device level integration of breakthrough solid electrolytes; they may shed light on unanticipated and unique phenomena of fundamental importance.

2. Development of novel inorganic and polymeric solid electrolytes with superior Li+/Na+ conductivity.

In the inorganic phase space, the aim is to develop novel compounds with dynamically and/or statically disordered structures (superionic conductors); in the polymer space, the development of single-ionic conducting membranes based on inexpensive polymers is the primary focus.

3. Aqueous rechargeable Zn (anode) batteries for large-scale (grid-storage, renewable, home) stationary storage applications.

Here, the motivation is to take our initial breakthrough forward through the understanding of failure mechanisms, electro-chemical optimization, and scale-up to foster the technology's commercial prospect.

4. Operando electrochemical analysis of battery materials and all-solid-state cell development for operando (X-ray and spectroscopy) analysis.

Mechanistic understanding of battery electrode materials is the key to improving their properties and hence, the battery performance. Operando/in-situ analyses of battery electrodes can provide a real-time understanding of the battery working principle and degradation mechanism of batteries. The focus in this area is to use a versatile operando electrochemical cell (home-made and validated) to elucidate key performance bottlenecks in some technologically important battery chemistries. Improvement and optimization of the cell design for broader applications is another important direction.

Research Output

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MHValy8AAAAJ&hl=en

Opportunity for Doctoral (PhD) & Masters (Honors) Research

Exciting and challenging battery research projects are available for doctoral and master's and bachelor (A/B/C) thesis

Scholarship opportunities for domestic and international students.

Domestic: https://research.unsw.edu.au/domestic-research-scholarships

International: https://research.unsw.edu.au/international-research-scholarships

Specialized PhD programs and fellowships: https://research.unsw.edu.au/phd-programs

To apply and for further details, please reach d.kundu@unsw.edu.au

ENGG 3060: Faculty of Engineering - Maker Games (Term 2 & 3, 2020)

CEIC2005: Chemical Reaction Engineering (Summer Term 2020 & 2021 and Term 2: 2021 - present)

327-1203-00L: Complex Materials I – Synthesis and Assembly (Co-lecturer, ETH Zurich Materials, 2017 - 2018)