Holland Bankston is researching how microwave radiation, the kind used in your kitchen appliance, can be used to manufacture a material for energy storage. Holland is a senior studying polymer and fiber engineering. His undergraduate research fellowship is under the guidance of Dr. Xinyu Zhang.
“I’m specifically focusing on a faster way to create nanocomposites. Ideally, we could use these nanocomposites for energy storage, in simple terms, a battery,” Holland said.
Holland hopes to produce a material for energy storage using a faster method than what is currently used.
“If we could create something comparable or even better than a lithium-ion battery for energy storage, we would change the market,” Holland said.
Photo: Holland Bankston placing a vial containing his composite material into a kitchen microwave.