PhD student, 2013 – present
Kyriakos Giagloglou is from Greece and completed his BSc. degree in Physics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in March 2010 and his MSc. degree in Materials Physics & Technology in June 2013. He now has started his PhD in the field of High Temperature Batteries.
On his spare time he enjoys football, cooking, reading, cinema and travelling.
The topic of Kyriakos’ Phd project is to look for new cathode materials which could be replacements for MS2 (M = transition metal) materials in thermal batteries. The cathode materials should have good thermal stability and not thermally decompose below 500ºC. Good electrochemical properties and flat voltage profiles are required. Also the cathode material should be electronically conductive and have minimum resistance. It should have low solubility in the molten electrolyte and minimum self-discharge reactions. Cathode materials should be stable towards moisture and oxygen and prevent the production of oxides at the cathode surface. No high costs and to be environmentally friendly. His work is to synthesize and characterize new cathode materials for thermal batteries for better performance. The characterization of new cathodes materials includes techniques such as X-ray Diffraction, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Cyclic Voltammetry, Galvanostatic charge-discharge tests etc.
School of Chemistry,
University of St Andrews