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Dr Cesar Menendez Muniz

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Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Sydney

Dr Menendez used Density Functional Theory (DFT) during his PhD study at UNSW to design new materials at the atomic and molecular levels. Once completed, Dr Menendez started working with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the design of hydrogen storage tanks. Since then, his research has been mainly focused on hydrogen systems, especially on hydrogen storage and borohydrides for solid-state batteries.

Cesar is currently working on different projects at different scales, including:

  1. Understanding the fundamental properties and improving storage capacities of different alloy compositions.

  2. Exploring sodium borohydride derivatives as potential substitutes for lithium-based materials in solid-state batteries.

  3. Multiferroics as catalysts in hydrogen production applications.

 

Involving his expertise in CFD modeling, Cesar's main work is based on the search for innovative designs of metal-hydride hydrogen storage tanks. Recently, he has also started a collaboration to introduce Machine Learning techniques in the search for optimal compositions in high entropy alloys for hydrogen storage.

  • Selected publications:

  • C. Menéndez, D. Chu, and C. Cazorla, Oxygen-vacancy induced magnetic phase transitions in multiferroic thin films, NPJ Computational Materials 6, 76 (2020).

  • C. Menéndez, and C. Cazorla, Giant Thermal Enhancement of the Electric Polarization in Ferrimagnetic BiFe1−xCoxO3 Solid Solutions near Room Temperature, Physical Review Letters 125, 117601 (2020).

  • Z. Liu, C. Menéndez, J. Shenoy, J.N. Hart, C.C. Sorrell, and C. Cazorla, Strain engineering of oxide thin films for photocatalytic applications, Nano Energy, 72, 104732 (2020).​
     

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