M. Sc. Tyler A. Gully
Freie Universität Berlin
Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Redox flow batteries
Born and raised in Los Angeles Country, California, USA Tyler stayed local and received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from UC Irvine (2014). At UCI he learned about nuclear chemistry and performed neutron profiling of UCI’s TRIGA Mk III nuclear reactor under Dr. A.J. Shaka. During that time, he went to study abroad in Germany at the Free University Berlin. It had been such a pleasure that he returned for his M.Sc. in Chemistry (2017) and began his doctorate under Dr. Riedel. Current research topics include ionic liquid halogen metallates as electrolytes and their electrochemical applications. When Tyler isn’t in the lab, you can find him recharging his batteries by enjoying his free time, probably playing video games, tennis, squash, or going for a bike tour to the Baltic Sea. He particularly likes Germany’s climate because it is not as hot or as sunny as in SoCal and has seasons such as Spring and Autumn.
Ionic liquids, ILs, played a vital role in 21st century chemistry, they expanded our knowledge of molten salts, provide useful mediums in which to perform catalysis reactions, and based on composition, offer a variety of physical effects determining their thermal and electrochemical properties. Utilizing this knowledge, development of halogen-based room temperature IL, RTIL, metallates such as [Cat.][SnBr3/5] or [Cat.]2[MnCl4] have been developed as electrolytes, and analyzed using Raman, EPR, and UV-vis spectrolectrochemical techniques for application settings. For instance, [Cat.]2[MnCl4/5] in combination with project partners from the University of Freiburg and Fraunhofer ISE the IL has been sufficiently characterized to perform in redox-flow batteries (patent pending). Future research will be geared towards producing RTIL halogen metallates with various metals and determining their viability as metal recycling agents, based on electrochemical redox activity.