Health, Science & Technology

Research title:

Converting Rubber Material for Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion

Institutions: Uppsala University

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Dr Edison is currently working as independent principle investigator (researcher). His main research is on polymer electrolyte and nanomaterials for Lithium-ion battery.

He has 9 years of experience in this field and throughout the years, he has been involved in several battery projects (as well as dye-sensitized solar cell research) and teaching.
Academically, his work has been published in numerous international publications. He has also successfully obtained several funding and grants as co-author.
“Other than focusing on research and academic, I have involved in various jobs in different industries. To learn something new and outside of academic scope, I took on numerous part time jobs as a freelancer for numbers of years. I also took a part-time teaching and tutoring job to improve my teaching skills”, said Dr Edison.
For the Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment, his work on ‘Converting Rubber Material for Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion’, looks at how to convert rubber, our national commodity and an insulator, into electrical conducting materials for various electrochemical devices such as lithium ion battery.
“To do so, the physico-electrochemical aspects in mixing all the components need to be studied by various spectroscopic techniques and in-situ methods”, said Dr Edison.
“The aim of this research is to reduce the dependency of petrochemical-based polymer for electrolytes application and to produce more environment benign and safer electrochemical devices at a lower cost. Success in the research will provide a huge opportunity for rubber-based polymer electolyte in solid-state electrochemical devices application as well as further increase the economic value of rubber”, he added.
His school days started at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jubli Intan, Renggam, Johor. He went on to secondary school in Kluang High School, Johor until he completed his STPM. He then enrolled Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to further his studies. Dr Lee possesses a PhD in Chemistry from UKM. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Technology Chemistry) and Master of Science (Chemistry) from UKM.

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