My research will concern the study of proton motion in Protic Ionic Liquids (PILs), a special type of ionic liquids that possess acidic and exchangeable protons.
Ionic Liquids are salts that form at ambient temperature or bellow 100°C and have unique properties such as high thermal stability and high ionic conductivity. Their physicochemical properties can also be tuned by accurately choosing the cation–anion pair. PILs are now intensively investigated as possible electrolytes in next-generation H2/O2 fuel cells, which generate clean electricity and thus represent an important contribution for the transition to a sustainable society. During my PhD studies I will investigate both pure PILs and their mixtures with neutral molecules like imidazole or ethylene glycol. Structural and dynamical properties will be studied by techniques such as vibrational and NMR spectroscopy, impedance spectroscopy, quasi elastic neutron scattering as well as calorimetric methods.
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