dr. D. Monteiro Cunha (Daniel)


About Me

Energy Engineer with a multidisciplinary background and experience in Materials Science on the synthesis and characterization of oxides. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Technology and Energy Engineer by the Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC, Brazil). PhD in Materials Science on Solid-State Lithium Batteries at the University of Twente (UT, Netherlands). Currently, a Researcher in the Inorganic Materials Science group (UT, Netherlands), carrying out studies in the fields of Solid-state batteries (SSB), Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), and advanced techniques in Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).


Engineering & Materials Science
Thin Films
Zinc Oxide


Kante, M. V., Weber, M. L. , Ni, S., van den Bosch, I. C. G., van der Minne, E., Heymann, L., Falling, L. J., Gauquelin, N. , Tsvetanova, M. , Cunha, D. M. , Koster, G., Gunkel, F., Nemšák, S., Hahn, H., Velasco Estrada, L. , & Baeumer, C. (2023). A High-Entropy Oxide as High-Activity Electrocatalyst for Water Oxidation. ACS nano, 17(6), 5329-5339. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.2c08096
Ni, S., Kante, M. V. , M. Cunha, D., Weber, M. L., van den Bosch, I. C. G., Heymann, L., van der Minne, E., Falling, L. , Koster, G., Gunkel, F., Nemsak, S., Hahn, H., Velasco, M. , & Baeumer, C. (2022). High-activity electrocatalyst La(Cr0.2Mn0.2Fe0.2Co0.2Ni0.2)O3 for water oxidation. Poster session presented at NWO CHAINS 2022, Veldhoven, Netherlands.
Monteiro Cunha, D. (2021). Self-assembled Vertically Aligned Nanocomposites for Solid-State Batteries. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789464212242
Chen, B., Gauquelin, N., Jannis, D. , Cunha, D. M. , Halisdemir, U., Piamonteze, C., Lee, J. H., Belhadi, J., Eltes, F., Abel, S., Jovanovic, Z., Spreitzer, M., Fompeyrine, J., Verbeeck, J., Bibes, M. , Huijben, M. , Rijnders, G. , & Koster, G. (2020). Strain-Engineered Metal-to-Insulator Transition and Orbital Polarization in Nickelate Superlattices Integrated on Silicon. Advanced materials, 32(50), Article 2004995. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202004995

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Lithium-ion batteries are the primary power source for many applications, but none of the current devices can fully satisfy all the projected energy storage needs. Common rechargeable batteries are based on liquid electrolytes, which limit their design and safety. Therefore, the need for all-solid-state micro-batteries arises, showing enhanced safety, volumetric energy/power density and chemical stability. Planar 2D solid-state thin-film batteries exhibit undesirable energy vs power balance, which can be improved by applying 3D geometries, increasing the internal surface area.

Vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) thin films have been developed as a new materials’ platform for creating self-assembled device architectures and multi functionalities. They show a wide range of attributes arising from the strong interplay among the materials’ properties. Epitaxial VANs are self-assembled through pulsed laser deposition (PLD), without control of the deposition sequence, required for planar multilayer films. Although various epitaxial VANs have been studied in the last decade, lithium-based VANs have yet to be fully explored. 

Even though lithium-based self-assembled VANs have been demonstrated1, further aspects of these complex structures need to be investigated. 

1. Cunha, D. M., Vos, C. M., Hendriks, R., Singh, D. P., Huijben, M., Morphology Evolution during Lithium-Based Vertically Aligned Nanocomposite Growth. ACS Materials and Interfaces, 11 (47), 44444-44450 (2019).

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In the press

Invited piece for 4UT.Federation's Innovative Materials magazine:
'Self-assembled Vertically Aligned Nanocomposites for Solid-State Batteries'
Innovative Materials, Volume 2, 2021, p. 36-37

Mesa+ News June 2021:
‘It’s a big step, using composite pillars in 3D solid-state batteries’ (utwente.nl)

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C3223
Hallenweg 21
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C3223
P.O. Box 217
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The Netherlands

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