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Dr Jenny Pringle

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Research
Department: Instit for Frontier Materials
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446391 +61 3 92446391


Career highlights

Jan 2013 - Present: Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Melbourne.
Jan 2008 - Dec 2012: ARC QEII Fellow, Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne.
Jan 2007 - Dec 2007: Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, Monash University, Melbourne.
Jan 2004 - Dec 2006: ARC Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne.
Feb 2002 - Dec 2003: Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, Monash University, Melbourne.


Research interests

My research is primarily focused on the development of new organic ionic electrolytes, both liquid and solid, for electrochemical devices. I also have an interest in the development of conducting polymer-based electrocatalysts. My research can be roughly broken down into three areas:
Ionic Liquids: these are a new type of solvent, composed entirely of ions, which are of interest for a variety of synthetic and electrochemical applications. They can be non-volatile and non-flammable, with good ionic conductivity and excellent thermal and electrochemical stability. We are interested in the design and synthesis of new families of ionic liquids and their use in devices such as dye-sensitised solar cells and lithium batteries.
Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals: these are crystalline phases found in many of the same organic salt families but these salts exhibit higher melting points and various forms of disorder and therefore exhibit plastic mechanical properties. This plasticity, and their intrinsic ionic conductivity, makes them of interest as solid state ion conductors.
Conducting Polymers: these are being used in an ever-expanding range of applications, from batteries to solar cells to artificial muscles, and we are particularly interested in their use as electrocatalysts to replace the expensive Pt alternatives.

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  • K. Romanenko, L. Jin, L. A. Madsen, J. M. Pringle, L. A. O’Dell, M. Forsyth, “Anisotropic MRI Contrast Reveals Enhanced Ionic Transport in Plastic Crystals,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 15638−15645.
  •  L. Jin, P. C. Howlett, J. M. Pringle, J. Janikowski, M. Armand, D. R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth “An Organic Ionic Plastic Crystal Electrolyte for Rate Capability and Stability of Ambient Temperature Lithium Batteries” Energy and Environmental Science, 2014, 7, 3352-3361
  • M. Smiglak, J. M. Pringle, X. Lu, L. Han, S. Zhang, H. Gao, D. R. MacFarlane, R. D. Rogers. “Ionic liquids for energy, materials, and medicine” Chemical Communications 2014, 50, 9228 – 9250.
  • J. He, J. M. Pringle, Y. Cheng “Titanium carbide and Titanium nitride-based nano-composites as efficient catalysts for the Co2+/Co3+ redox couple in dye sensitised solar cells” J. Phys. Chem. C., 2014 118 (30), 16818–16824.
  • T. J. Abraham, N. Tachikawa, D. R. MacFarlane, J. M. Pringle “Investigation of the kinetic and mass transport limitations in thermoelectrochemical cells with different electrode materials.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 2527.
  • Y. Han, J. M. Pringle, Y. Chen, “Photovoltaic characteristics and stability of flexible dye-sensitized solar cells on ITO/PEN substrates.” RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (3), 1393-1400.
  • D. R. MacFarlane, N. Tachikawa, M. Forsyth, J. M. Pringle, P. C. Howlett, G. D. Elliott, J. H. Davis, M. Watanabe, P. Simon, C. A. Angell “Energy applications of ionic liquids.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 232-250
  • T. J. Abraham, D. R. MacFarlane, J. M. Pringle, High Seebeck Coefficient Redox Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Thermal Energy Harvesting, Energy and Environmental Science, 2013, 6, 2639 - 2645
  • J. M. Pringle, Recent Progress in the Development and Use of Organic Ionic Plastic Crystal Electrolytes Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15 (5), 1339 – 1351.
  • L. Jin, K. M. Nairn, C. M. Forsyth, A. J. Seeber, D. R. MacFarlane, P. C. Howlett, M. Forsyth, J. M. Pringle, Structure and Transport Properties of a Plastic Crystal Ion Conductor: Diethyl(methyl)(isobutyl) phosphonium Hexafluorophosphate Journal of the American Chemical Society (2012), 134(23), 9688-9697
  • J. M. Pringle and V. Armel The influence of ionic liquid and plastic crystal electrolytes on the photovoltaic characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells International Reviews in Physical Chemistry 2011, 30 (4), 371–407.
  • V. Armel, M. Forsyth, D. R. MacFarlane, J. M. Pringle Organic ionic plastic crystal electrolytes; a new class of electrolyte for high efficiency solid state dye-sensitized solar cells Energy and Environmental Science 2011, 4, 2234-2239
  • T. J. Abraham, D. R. MacFarlane, J. M. Pringle Seebeck coefficients in ionic liquids - prospects for thermo-electrochemical cells Chem. Comm. (2011), 47(22), 6260-6262.
  • V. Armel, D. Velayutham, J. Sun, P. C. Howlett, M. Forsyth, D. R. MacFarlane, J. M. Pringle Ionic liquids and organic ionic plastic crystals utilizing small phosphonium cations J. Mat. Chem. 2011, 21, 7640. 
  • J. M. Pringle, V. Armel, D. R. MacFarlane Electrodeposited PEDOT-on-Plastic Cathodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Chem. Comm., 2010, 46, 5367 – 5369.
  • J. M. Pringle, P. C. Howlett, D. R. MacFarlane, M. Forsyth Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals: Recent Advances J. Mat. Chem. 2010, (11), 2056-2062.

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