As a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Imre Treufeld is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry at Case Western University. His current research under Dr. Daniel Scherson, Director of the Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, focuses on the fundamental aspects of electrochemical energy storage in supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries.
Supercapacitors are novel electric energy storage devices that can be charged in seconds. The goal of Imre’s fundamental research is to significantly increase the energy density of supercapacitors. These increases would have a number of practical applications, such as allowing electric cars to charge in minutes instead of hours. To this end, he is currently studying the electrical double layer at the interface of electrolytes and solid electrodes in ultra pure environments. Imre is also working on making lithium-ion batteries safer by investigating new electrolytes with flame retardant properties.
A native of Estonia, Imre received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tartu, where he worked in non-aqueous electrochemistry with an application for supercapacitors as his thesis project. He then worked as a research assistant continuing his supercapacitor project. In Estonia, Imre started an ongoing educational project organizing university students to go into schools and perform chemistry demonstrations for young students with the goal of popularizing the science.