Welcome to SUTD’s Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratory!

 Mission and Vision:

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability (EES) Laboratory is a research lab in SUTD, Singapore. Our research focuses on the development of novel materials and devices for electrochemical energy storage and inorganic materials based low energy consumption water treatment devices. We apply the fundamental understanding in chemical engineering, physical chemistry and materials chemistry into design and synthesis materials and devices with applications in energy and water, which will contribute into sustainability and decarbonization in society.

EES’s  research projects include deisgn and synthesis of nanostructures with well-defined functionalities and properties; rapid prototyping of energy storage devices; characterization of the functional materials with high performance analytical equipment; investigation of electrochemical performance with operando techniques; and development of carbon based materials for ion-sieving and ion removal techniques in liquid solutions.

Featured Publications: 

Low Cost Sodium-ion Batteries as an Replacement for Lithium-ion Batteries

Unconventional Mn Vacancies in Mn–Fe Prussian Blue Analogs: Suppressing Jahn-Teller Distortion for Ultrastable Sodium Storage. (Chem, 6, 1804, 2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chempr.2020.05.004


A Selective Reduction Approach to Construct Robust Cu1.81S Truss Structures for High-Performance Sodium Storage. (Matter, 2, 1-12, 2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matt.2019.10.027


Stepwise Intercalation-Conversion-Intercalation Sodiation Mechanism in CuInS2 Prompting Sodium Storage Performance. (ACS Energy Lett., 5, 3725, 2020) https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.0c02049


Cubic Spinel XIn2S4 (X= Fe, Co, Mn): A New Type of Anode Materials for Superfast and Ultrastable Na‐Ion Storage. (Adv. Enery Mater., 11, 2102137, 2021) https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202102137


Zinc-ion Batteries for Grid-scale Energy Storage

Interfacial Molecule Engineering for Reversible Zn Electrochemistry. (ACS Energy Lett., 8, 3258, 2023).                                                                                      https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.202102137


A Universal Additive Strategy to Reshape Electrolyte Solvation Structure towards Reversible Zn Storage. (Adv. Energy. Matt., 12, 2270060, 2022). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/aenm.202103231


Ion-sieving and Ion Removal Techniques for Water Treatment

Ocean Mining: A Fluidic Electrochemical Route for Lithium Extraction from Seawater. (ACS Mater. Lett., 2, 1662, 2020).                    https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsmaterialslett.0c00385


Dual-ions Electrochemical Deionization: A desalination generator. (Energy Environ. Sci., 10, 2043, 2017).                             https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/ee/c7ee00855d