Anshuman Dalvi

Professor, Department of Physics,
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Condensed Matter
Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.
Chamber: Room No 2243-J Faculty Affairs Division, BITS Pilani

Sponsored Projects


Sponsored Projects with Prof. Dalvi

  •  DST SERB Core Research Grant (CRG) (2024-2027) - Received in March 2024

Cost: INR 37.21 lacs (CRG/2023/002411)

Title: All-solid-state supercapacitors using Li+ ion garnet-polymer hybrid composites

The project aims to develop all-solid-state supercapacitors using Li+ ion conducting garnet-polymer hybrid membranes as electrolytes, eliminating liquid electrolytes. Garnet-type Li+ ion conductors are considered the most promising solid electrolyte for all-solid-state batteries, and this work aims to incorporate them into all-solid-state supercapacitors. The project involves developing various compositions of garnet polymer hybrids and thoroughly characterizing them. Finally, 2032 and laminated cells will be developed and tested under various temperature and load conditions to assess their performance.

*JRF position is available. 

  •  DST SERB Core research Grant (CRG)  (2020-2023)  - completed      
Cost: 43.97 Lacs  CRG/2019/001442

Li+ NASICON-Polymer Hybrid Composites for Solid State Supercapacitor Applications

Supercapacitors store energy within the double electrochemical layer at the electrode/electrolyte interface. In the traditional supercapacitorsm an ion permeable film soaked with liquid electrolyte is placed between high surface area electrodes. Replacing liquid electrolytes with a solid electrolyte may improve their reliability for high temperature, low dimensional and environment friendly and corrosion free applications. Proposal aims at development and characterization of all-solid-state supercapacitors using NASICON-polymer hybrid membranes as separators and high surface area electrodes. Applying various hybrid electrolytes prepared from Li+ ion NASICONs and polymer hosts, Electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLCs), pseudo capacitors and Hybrid supercapacitors will be fabricated and characterized. Work thus would involve synthesis of Li+ ion based NASICON-polymer hybrid composite films and fundamental characterization (ii) development of button-type solid state supercapacitors (EDLC, Psudo and Hybrid) using novel NASICON polymer hybrid films as electrolytes and their characterization. And finally (iii) To understand the mechanism of charge transfer at the electrode-electrolyte interface and role of solid electrolyte in performance of supercapacitors.

Important instruments  procured under this project:
BET Surface area analyzer (Belsorp Mini X) 
Galvanostat-Potentiostat with EIS Module (Autolab 204 with 2 channels)
  •   DST SERB  (EMR/2015/000275)       (October 2016-September 2019)   completed            Cost: 37.65 lacs
 Investigations on Li+ ion conducting glass-ceramics containing NASICON structured nano crystallites. 

Nature of the work:

Several interesting superionic/fast ionic solids have been developed, but grain boundary impedance (GBI) limits their applications to solid ionic devices. The project aims to develop novel NASICON-based glass-ceramics for electrolytic applications in Liion batteries. These glass-ceramics with high ionic conductivity will be prepared using a novel glass filler approach. The structure will be characterized by using FE-SEM, XRD, EXAFS and Raman spectroscopy. Further, electrical properties will be studied using impedance spectroscopy at low and high temperatures. Tailoring grain boundary impedance and exploring parameters that influence GBI will be explored. Thermal stability investigations will be performed using DSC conductivity-temperature cycles. Finally, fabrication and characterizations of an all-solid-state battery using compositions developed in the laboratory.

Important Equipment  procured under DST SERB Project:

1. Planetary ball mill Fritsch P-6   
2. Impedance Analyzer Hioki IM 3570 
3. High-resolution digital analytical balance
4. Temperature controller 
5. Furnace with controller 
  • DAE Collaborative research scheme (CRS): EXAFS Investigations on Polymer nanocomposites ( Amount: ~ 10.35 lacs (duration 3 years, January 2017-2020)
  •  “Crystallization in AgI and CuI based superionic glasses” SR/FTP/2005/PS-77
    Funding Agency : DST
    Duration :3 years (2007-10)