Dr. Gustav Åvall

Topics of research

 – lithium- and sodium-ion batteries

 – electrolytes, espeacially highly concentrated solutions

 – density functional theory, semi-empirical methods, and ab initio molecular dynamics no battery electrolytes

Professional career

 – October 2020 – present: Postdoctoral researcher

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. P. Adelhelm

 – 2009 – 2011: Tour guide at an observatory

Slottsskogsobservatoriet, Gothenburg, Sweden

Gave observatory tours to companies, school classes, and the general public



 – Åvall, G., & Johansson, P. (2020). A novel approach to ligand-exchange rates applied to lithium-ion battery and sodium-ion battery electrolytes. The Journal of Chemical Physics152(23), 234104. <link>

 – Åvall, G., Wallenstein, J., Cheng, G., Johansson, P., & Abraham, D. (2020). Highly concentrated electrolytes: Detailed analysis of the solvation structure of LiPF6 in propylene carbonate lithium-ion battery electrolytes. Manuscript.


 – Åvall, G., Mindemark, J., Brandell, D., & Johansson, P. (2018). Sodium‐ion battery electrolytes: Modeling and simulations. Advanced Energy Materials8(17), 1703036. <link>

 – Lindberg, J., Endrődi, B., Åvall, G., Johansson, P., Cornell, A., & Lindbergh, G. (2018). Li salt anion effect on O2 solubility in an Li–O2 battery. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C122(4), 1913-1920. <link>


 – Flores, E., Åvall, G., Jeschke, S., & Johansson, P. (2017). Solvation structure in dilute to highly concentrated electrolytes for lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Electrochimica Acta233, 134-141. <link>

Awards & Accomplishments

 – 2019 : Chair of local PhD student council

 – 2019: Åforsk travelling grant (ISE 2019 Durban)

 – 2018: Third place for best flash presentation (10 min oral) at ISSE 2018 Tours

 – 2017: Chalmerska Forskningsfonden 2017 (scholarship to travel to IMLB 2018 in Kyoto)

Educational background

 Doctoral degree

 – Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015-2020)

Program: Physics, Prof. P. Johansson

Thesis topic: Structure and dynamics in liquid battery electrolytes


 – Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015-2018)

Program: Physics, Prof. P. Johansson

Thesis topic: Modelling of battery electrolyte interactions

 Master’s degree

 – University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (2013-2015)

Program: Physics, Prof. H. Johannesson

Thesis topic: Investigation of quantum spin hall geometries in search for quantum gates

Bachelor’s degree

 – University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (2009-2013)

Program: Physics, Prof. B. E. W. Nilsson

Thesis topic: Can the boundary of a boundary be non-trivial in AdS/CFT?

Conferences & Visits


 – November, 2019: Naperville, US

International Conference on Sodium Batteries, ICNaB


 – November, 2019: Boston, US

MIT – Chalmers Electrolyte Modelling Workshop


 – September, 2019: Stockholm, Sweden

European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes, EUROMAT


 – August 2019: Durban, South Africa

International Society of Electrochemistry, ISE


 – January 2019: Uppsala, Sweden

Swedish Electromobility Centre – Workshop on Battery Modelling



 – November, 2018: Saint-Malo, France

International Conference on Sodium Batteries, ICNaB


 – July, 2018: Tours, France

International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes, ISSP


 – June, 2018: Kyoto, Japan

International Meeting on Lithium Batteries, IMLB



 – August, 2016: Uppsala, Sweden

International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes, ISPE