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School of Physics and Astronomy

Fei Xie


Research Student

Telephone: 0207 882 6572
Room Number: G.O. Jones Building Room: 223


1st Supervisor: Professor David Dunstan
2nd Supervisor: Professor Maria-Magdalena Titirici (SEMS)

Project Title: Nanocrystalline cellulose-derived chiral carbon materials and their potential application on sodium-ion batteries & Colorimetry based colour study of Alexandrite effect.
Project Description:

My PhD projects includes two sections. The first session is about nanocrystalline cellulose-derived chiral carbon materials. We used nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) to be the precursor to synthesise different carbon materials because of its self-assembled chiral nematic liquid crystalline phase. We will investigate the chiral structure and the physical properties (especially for optical properties and structural colours). We also applied these carbon materials to be the anodes of sodium-ion batteries and investigate the Na storage mechanism.

The other section is about the Alexandrite effect. Alexandrite is a kind of gemstone which changes colours under different light sources (typically greenish under daylight and reddish under candlelight). We introduce colorimetry theory to simulate and study the colour change of Alexandrite by establishing colour space.



China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Queen Mary University of London