Two Qatari students succeeded in manufacturing a battery using silver grafted titanium carbide MXene nanocomposites in lithium-ion batteries, within the framework of the National Science Promotion Program (NSPP), which is one of the university programs to encourage research among students and adolescents in the university and secondary schools in the country.
The winning project was "Silver grafted Ti3C2-MXene Nanocomposite as Novel Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion-Battery" by Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Research Assistant Professor at the Centre for Advanced Materials - Qatar University.
The two high school students who got the opportunity to work on the project were Saqer Hamad Al Rumaihi and Essa Ahmad Al Mohannadi from Jassim Bin Hamad secondary school for boys.
The NSPP aims to promote research culture and increase the research capacity by endorsing tools such as "Learning by Doing" and "Hands-On experience." By using such tools in the high school education system, students will be more encouraged to do research and benefit Qatar. Through this process, students will get an opportunity to experience research under faculty mentors' supervision from the university. Simultaneously, the NSPP grant will provide training to prepare the students to join the university.
Discussing about the topic of the research, Dr. Abdul Shakoor said, "Our proposal was about silver grafted titanium carbide MXene nanocomposites, as a novel anode material for lithium-ion batteries. In the energy storage field, the batteries are composed of cathode, anode, and electrolyte. Every compartment of the battery is important and thats why people are researching new anode materials. MXene has proven to be a fascinating material with its numerous applications. Thus, we used MXene and silver to make a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The new materials worked very well for the battery performance."
Speaking with the two students to ask about their experience, they said, "We learnt the working of many sophisticated laboratory instruments, using and preparing many different chemicals, materials synthesis techniques, sample characterizations using XRD, scanning electron microscopes and etc." While sharing their opinion on NSPP, the students said, "We think the program is very beneficial to high school students. Students get a lot of things and learn, a lot of things and experience, collaboration with many departments, etc. We had a wonderful experience with supervisors and teachers. The program was really very helpful and we think every student should work out to get into this kind of program."
Source and cover image credit: QNA
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