Anna Martinelli was born in Frascati (Italy) in 1978 and grew up in the area of Castelli Romani where she also completed her high school studies (Liceo Scientifico B. Touschek, 1997). She started her studies in Physics at the University of Tor Vergata (Rome) but graduated in Sweden (2002). She took her PhD degree at Chalmers University of Technology at the Department of Applied Physics (2007, Sweden), from where she regularly visited the electrochemistry laboratory of Professor B. Scrosati at La Sapienza (Rome). She also spent a period in France as a PostDoc at the Polytechnique Institute of Grenoble (INPG-LEPMI) developing a method for the in situ characterization of fuel cells by micro-Raman spectroscopy (2009-2010). Since September 2010 she is back in Sweden as Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biological Engineering (Applied Surface Chemistry), and is active in the Energy Area of Advance (www.chalmers.se). Anna’s research focuses on the development of silica derived materials incorporating ionic liquids for use as electrolytes in fuel cells and Li-ion batteries (see ionogels). Important issues are ion-ion interactions, ionic conductivity and diffusion of molecular species. There is also an interest in understanding the local dynamics and the local structure of the liquid phase in relation to the hosting matrix. Ionic liquids of different alkyl chain length will be investigated as well as different cation-anion combinations and varying concentrations. Anna will also investigate the effect of nano-confinement and the potential use of ionic liquids as templates in silica derived materials. Anna wishes to develop experimental set ups to study phenomena and reactions in situ, by for instance micro-Raman or NMR spectroscopy. Other used techniques are thermal analysis (DSC), dielectric spectroscopy (in collaboration with the Condensed Matter Physics group at Chalmers), and x-ray diffraction (mainly using large-scale facilities).
Biography Updated on 26 September 2011