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Neelima Paul


Research & Skills

I am a physicist with a background in preparation and characterization of inorganic semiconductor nanostructures and polymers using neutron, X-ray, infrared and microscopy techniques. At TUM, I focus on Li-ion battery research and perform operando and post-mortem evaluations of electrode microstructure and morphology, as well as monitor Li diffusion kinetics within cells to understand the fundamental processes, so that safe Li-ion batteries with higher energy density and longer lifetime can be realized.

  • Anodes (graphites, silicon-graphite composites, lithium metal, lithium titanate)
  • Cathodes (layered Oxides, olivine phosphates)
  • Electrolytes (carbonate electrolytes, polymer electrolytes, glassy electrolytes)
Applied Methods:
  • neutron and x-ray reflectivity
  • neutron and x-ray diffraction
  • small-angle neutron and x-ray scattering
  • depth resolved grazing incidence small-angle neutron scattering
  • neutron depth profiling
  • quasi-elastic neutron scattering

Curriculum Vitae

09/2013 –

Scientist – Energy research,
Technische Universität München, Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II)

08/2013 – 10/2011

Scientist – Polymer & Semiconductor research,
Technische Universität München, Helmholtz Zentrum & Freie Universität Berlin

09/2011 – 04/2008

Principal investigator & postdoctoral fellow – Polymer research,
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

11/2007 – 02/2001

Ph.D. in Physics –Semiconductor research,
Forschungszentrum Jülich & RWTH Aachen