Fabio La Mantia

Fabio La Mantia
Universität Bremen | Uni Bremen · Department of Production Engineering

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June 2010 - June 2015
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Position
  • Junior Group Leader
November 2008 - May 2010
Stanford University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
June 2005 - June 2008
Paul Scherrer Institut
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (183)
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The necessity to tap new natural lithium sources worldwide has pushed in recent years the research in alternative methods for lithium recovery. Among them, electrochemical ion pumping is showing interesting performances, especially when addressing diluted sources. In this review we summarize the recent advances in materials’ and reactors’ design fo...
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The Front Cover shows the developed theoretical variance of the error on the admittance and how this expression captures the experimental values of the standard deviations of the real and imaginary parts of the admittance. More information can be found in the Research Article by R. Chukwu et al.
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Invited for this issue's Front Cover is the group of Professor Fabio La Mantia at the University of Bremen (Germany). The cover picture shows the developed theoretical variance of the error on the admittance and how this expression captures the experimental values of the standard deviations of the real and imaginary parts of the admittance. Read th...
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Different strategies can be used to acquire dynamic impedance spectra during a cyclic voltammetry experiment. The spectra are then analyzed by fitting them with a model using a weighted non‐linear least‐squares minimization algorithm. The choice of the weighting factors is not trivial and influences the value of the extracted parameters. At varianc...
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The exploitation of renewable low temperature heat sources below 100 °C can significantly contribute to the transition to a low‐carbon economy, in particular if applied to small and household scale. The scientific community has taken on the challenge to develop alternative techniques for the exploitation of such sources. Several innovative methods...
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Aqueous zinc-ion batteries are realistic candidates as stationary storage systems for power-grid applications. However, to accelerate their commercialization, some important challenges must be specifically tackled, and appropriate experimental practices need to be embraced to align the academic research efforts with the realistic industrial working...
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Quasi‐neutral aqueous zinc‐ion (Zn‐ion) batteries are nowadays among the most promising energy storage devices for smart‐grid applications. However, their practical use remains hindered by the low Zn electrodeposition efficiency at the negative electrode, which is especially reduced due to the parasitic evolution of gaseous hydrogen. Indium is a no...
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The Point Defect Model (PDM) is known for over 40 years and has brought deeper insight to the understanding of passivity. During the last decades it has seen several changes and refinements, and it has been widely used to analyze growth kinetics of different alloys. Nevertheless, the model has been based on still unconfirmed assumptions, as constan...
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The Point Defect Model (PDM) describes the corrosion resistance properties of oxide films based on interfacial reactions and defect transport, which are affected by the electric field inside the oxide film. The PDM assumes a constant electric field strength due to band-to-band tunneling (BTBT) of electrons and the separation of electrons and holes...
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Ionic liquid electrolytes (ILEs) have become popular in various advanced Li-ion battery chemistries because of their high electrochemical and thermal stability, and low volatility. However, due to their relatively high viscosity and poor Li+ diffusion, it is thought large concentration gradients form, reducing their rate capability. Here, we utilis...
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Ionic liquid electrolytes (ILEs) have become popular in various advanced Li-ion battery chemistries because of their high electrochemical and thermal stability, and low volatility. However, due to their relatively high viscosity and poor Li+ diffusion, it is thought large concentration gradients form, reducing their rate capability. Here, we utilis...
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Knowledge of electrolyte transport and thermodynamic properties in Li-ion and beyond Li-ion technologies is vital for their continued development and success. Here, we present a method for fully characterising electrolyte systems. By measuring the electrolyte concentration gradient over time via operando Raman microspectroscopy, in tandem with pote...
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The spinel LiMn2O4 (LMO) is a promising cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries due to its excellent properties, including cost effectiveness, eco-friendliness, high energy density, and rate capability. The commercial application of LiMn2O4 is limited by its fast capacity fading during cycling, which lowers the electrochemical performanc...
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Copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) is a promising Zn²⁺ insertion material as positive electrode in mild aqueous Zn-ion batteries for power grid applications, due to its excellent power capability, non-toxicity, low cost and easy synthesis route. Here, the effect of the reactants’ concentration and ratio during the synthesis of the CuHCF on the perform...
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Aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion batteries have attracted great attention as an alternative to traditional battery technologies, being able to overcome the issues caused by flammable and expensive organic electrolytes. In particular, LiMn2O4 has reached very fast second-level charge capability by the synthesis of unconventional morphology and parti...
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The scientific community has taken on the challenge to develop innovative methods to exploit low-temperature (<100 • C) heat sources, having a large potential to decrease the carbon footprint. In this review, we first summarise the novel proposed techniques, then we propose a framework for comparing the performances reported in literature based on...
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Dynamic impedance spectroscopy is one of the most powerful techniques in the qualitative and quantitative mechanistic studies of electrochemical systems, as it allows for time-resolved investigation and dissection of various physicochemical processes occurring at different time scales. However, due to high-frequency artefacts connected to the non-i...
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div> Knowledge of electrolyte transport and thermodynamic properties in Li-ion and ”beyond Li-ion” technologies is vital for their continued development and success. Here, we present a method for fully characterising electrolyte systems. By measuring the electrolyte concentration gradient over time via operando Raman microspectroscopy, in tandem w...
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The Cover Feature shows the working principle of a thermally regenerable battery, which uses the free energy of LiBr aqueous solutions to produce electrical energy and can be thermally regenerated through low‐temperature distillation at 100 °C. The proposed system reaches a high value of power density (8 W m2) and a heat‐to‐electricity conversion e...
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The efficient production of energy from low temperature heat sources (below 100°C) would open the doors to the exploitation of a huge amount of heat sources such as solar, geothermal and industrial waste heat. Thermal Regenerable Redox‐Flow Batteries are flow batteries that store energy in concentration cells which can be recharged by distillation...
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The Cover Feature represents a roadmap to the optimisation of Li‐ion batteries for electromobility applications. As the positive electrodes (i. e., cathodes) currently represents the bottleneck for increasing the energy density of a Li‐ion system, in order to enable the next‐generation of high energy density Li‐ion batteries, more attention needs t...
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The reversible electrochemical insertion of zinc into host materials has been shown to be very promising for large‐scale energy storage applications. In particular, copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) and its derivatives from the Prussian Blue family enable a fast and reversible (de‐)insertion of zinc ions when operated in a zinc‐based aqueous electrol...
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Due to the ubiquitous presence of lithium‐ion batteries in portable applications, and their implementation in the transportation and large‐scale energy sectors, the future cost and availability of lithium is currently under debate. Lithium demand is expected to grow in the near future, up to 900 ktons per year in 2025. Lithium utilization would dep...
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Harvesting energy from low-temperature heat sources (<100°C) would enable the exploitation of currently untapped renewable sources. Recently proposed techniques fail to reach suitable efficiencies. We propose here a redox flow battery that can be recharged by a thermal process, distillation. The electrochemical cell produces electrical energy from...
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The degradation mechanism of copper hexacyanoferrate‐based cathodes in aqueous Zn‐ion batteries is investigated. Electron microscopy reveals the substitution of Cu ions by Zn ions in the lattice resulting in the formation of wires and cubes from the initial nanoparticles. More information about morphology, composition, oxidation state, and crystal...
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The operating potentials of the Li‐ion batteries active materials usually exceed the stability window of the electrolyte, leading to its irreversible reduction or oxidation. Often, as an effect of these side reactions, a surface layer is deposited onto the electrodes’ materials. These surface layers play a pivotal role on the battery performance, r...
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Lithium is becoming an important raw material due to the expansion of the market of lithium-ion batteries, required for electric vehicles and for stationary energy storage. The current method of lithium extraction is slow, inefficient and it has a strong environmental impact. In the last decade a new technology, called “electrochemical ion pumping”...
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The urgency of integrating renewable energy sources in the power grid has pushed the development of aqueous metal-ion batteries because of their low cost, nontoxicity, high safety, and environmentally friendliness. Among the variety of aqueous metal-ion batteries that are currently under development, aqueous Zn-ion batteries (A-ZIBs) have recently...
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The structural changes of copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF), a Prussian blue analogue, occurring when used as a cathode in an aqueous Zn‐ion battery, are investigated using electron microscopy techniques. The evolution of Zn x Cu 1‐x HCF phases possessing wire and cubic morphologies from initial CuHCF nanoparticles are monitored after hundreds of cyc...
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The kinetics of the reversible insertion of lithium ions assisted by aqueous environment into LiMn2O4 thin film fabricated by multi-layer pulsed laser deposition is studied using dynamic multi-frequency analysis (DMFA). This method allowed us to acquire time resolved impedance spectra in the range of 210 kHz to 11.5 Hz during cyclic voltammetry. The...
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The Front Cover shows the application of dynamic multi‐frequency analysis (DMFA) for studying the kinetics of a nickel hexacyanoferrate thin film, which is unstable in its oxidized form. The image shows the two‐step intercalation mechanism for the deintercalation of univalent cations in nickel hexacyanoferrate thin film. More information can be fou...
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Invited for this month's cover picture is the Energy Storage and Conversion Systems’ Group of the University of Bremen (Germany). The cover picture shows the application of dynamic multi‐frequency analysis (DMFA) for studying the kinetics of nickel hexacyanoferrate thin film, which is unstable in its oxidized form. The image shows the two‐step inte...
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Dynamic multi‐frequency analysis (DMFA) is capable of acquiring high quality frequency response of electrochemical systems under non‐stationary conditions in a broad range of frequencies. In this work, we used DMFA to study the kinetics of (de‐)intercalation of univalent cations (Na^+ and K^+) in thin films of nickel hexacyanoferrate (NiHCF) during...
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This work presents a strategy for the design of a hydrogen supply chain network for minimum daily sup- ply costs, minimum mitigation costs of CO2, and maximum network safety. The aim is to identify the best hydrogen infrastructure pathways while taking into account local factors such as the location of the hydrogen supply and demand, and distributi...
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Common electro-analytical tools include cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling. In general, the two mentioned techniques give different insights into the involved processes and are used in different fields. However, under suitable conditions, the current versus voltage dependence measured by the former technique can be extracted from the data...
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The increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, incentivized by government policies and decreasing costs, brings the challenge of making electricity supply and consumption meet, as these energy sources are intermittent by nature. Li-ion battery systems integrated in the grid will provide much needed ancillary services, such as frequency reg...
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Herein, we use dynamic multi-frequency analysis (DMFA) to investigate the reaction kinetics of a paradigm electro-catalytic reaction, i.e. the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at polycrystalline Pt electrodes in acidic media. DMFA allows measuring dynamic impedance spectra under non-steady state conditions, as it is the case to avoid the formation...
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Composites consisting of garnet type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) ceramic particles dispersed in a solid polymer electrolyte, based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), have recently been investigated as a possible electrolyte material in all solid state \ce{Li}-ion batteries. The interface between the two materials, i.e. LLZO/PEO, is of special interest for the...
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Dynamic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (DEIS) has attracted the interest of researchers due to its capability of acquiring impedance spectra of non-stationary systems in a broad range of frequencies. Although developed in the 70's, a physical definition of dynamic impedance, and in general of dynamic transfer function, is not present in lit...
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Aqueous rechargeable metal-ion batteries have become potentially advantageous for the integration of renewable energy sources into the electric power grid thanks to their high rate capability, low cost, environmental friendliness, and intrinsic safety. In this work, we tried to improve the electrochemical stability of CuHCF and prevent/postpone its...
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When Si is anodically oxidized in a fluoride containing electrolyte, an oxide layer is grown. Simultaneously, the layer is etched by the fluoride containing electrolyte. The resulting stationary state exhibits a negative slope of the current-voltage characteristics in a certain range of applied voltage. We propose a physical model that reproduces t...
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Chemical equilibrium is fully characterized at thermodynamic level by the free energy: the equilibrium is written in terms of equality of chemical potentials. Rate of chemical reactions can be calculated for ideal solutions by using mass-action equations, with reaction rate constants related to energy barriers through the transition state theory. T...
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Low‐temperature (<100°C) heat sources have the potential to provide renewable and clean energy. Traditional technologies (thermal engines and thermoelectric solid‐state devices), are not economic in this temperature range. Innovative methods have been recently proposed. In some of them, a process of “heat recovery” has been proposed: it consists in...
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To design and manufacture high-performance energy storage devices with real mechanical flexibility is one of the main advantages of the solid-state battery technology. Mechanically flexible thin film, all solid-state Li-ion batteries are supposed to be the main power sources in emerging technologies such as flexible electronics, wearables, etc. How...
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Low-temperature heat sources (≈80–120 °C), including low-concentration solar, shallow-well geothermal, household cogeneration and industrial waste heat, are widely abundant and have the potential to be recovered as electric energy. The integration of distillation with salinity gradient power (SGP) technologies has been proposed as an alternative to...
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The Front Cover shows how layered double hydroxides can contribute to the improvement of the performances of the zinc anode in aqueous zinc‐ion batteries for the short‐term storage of renewable energies. More information can be found in the Article by A. Bani Hashemi and co‐workers.
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The front cover artwork is provided by Universität Bremen, Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Research Group and Innovative Sensor and Functional Materials Research Group. The image shows how layered double hydroxides can contribute to the improvement of the performances of the zinc anode in aqueous zinc‐ion batteries for the short‐term storage o...
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The front cover artwork is provided by Universität Bremen, Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Research Group and In-novative Sensor and Functional Materials Research Group. The image shows how layered double hydr oxides can contributeto the improvement of the performances of the zinc anode in aqueous zinc-ion batteries for the short-term storage...
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Layered double hydroxides (LDH) have shown to improve the zinc electrodeposition efficiency at the negative electrode of aqueous zinc‐ion batteries. In this work copper‐doped Zn‐Al‐CO3 layered double hydroxide (LDH) have been synthesized by co‐precipitation method under constant pH and investigated as suitable solid‐state additive in the zinc negat...
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Using dynamic multi‐frequency analysis (DMFA) we have investigated the oscillatory reaction dynamics that govern the anodic electro‐dissolution of p‐type silicon in fluoride‐containing electrolytes, where the anodization of silicon is followed by the chemical etching of the oxide layer. By applying a constant voltage to the silicon electrode, stabl...
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This thermodynamic study examines the principles governing energy efficiency and specific energy requirement intrinsic to thermal desalination processes. The practical performances of desalination technologies are investigated and related to the fundamental physical limitations of the processes. The energy efficiency of any thermal desalination pro...
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The determination of the flat band potential of metal oxide nanoparticles is essential to understand their electrochemical behavior in aqueous environments. The electrochemical behavior determines the possible applications and governs the environmental impact of a nanomaterial. Hence, a new electrode fabrication method is demonstrated, that allows...
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In this work, a novel strategy for the design of a hydrogen supply chain (HSC) network for Germany is presented for minimum daily supply costs, minimum mitigation costs of CO2 and maximum network safety. The proposed model is a mixed integer linear program that is solved with the Advanced Integrated Multidimensional Modeling System (AIMMS). The mod...
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Free energy of mixing is dissipated when naturally available solutions at different concentrations of salt are mixed, for example, at the estuary of a river. Various techniques have been developed for tapping this form of renewable and clean energy. Capacitive mixing is among them; one of the variants is based on the increase of the electrostatic e...
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The crystal orientation and morphology of sputtered LiMn2O4 thin films is strongly affected by the current collector. By substituting Pt with Au, it is possible to observe in the XRD pattern of LiMn2O4 a change in preferential orientation of the grains from (111) to (400). In addition, LiMn2O4 thin films deposited on Au show higher porosity than fi...
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The efficiency of zinc electrodeposition is of fundamental importance for improving long-term performance of aqueous zinc-ion batteries. In order to improve the efficiency of electrodeposition, as well as morphology and reactivity of the deposit, it is possible to use organic additives in the electrolyte. Here, the effect of branched polyethyleneim...
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A detailed study of the electronic properties of thin (>20 nm) anodic TiO2 potentiostatically grown on titanium in two different solutions is presented. The results show that the nature of the anodizing solution affects the electronic properties of the anodic film and, more specifically, the density of electronic states (DOS) distribution. Differen...
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In 2015, we introduced an aqueous zinc-ion battery based on copper hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles (CuHCF) for grid-scale energy storage devices with an operational discharge voltage of 1.73 V. Later on, moderate cycle stability with a specific charge retention of 74.35% after 1000 cycles in 20 mM ZnSO4 was achieved. Recently, we have shown that the...
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In 2015, we have introduced an aqueous zinc-ion battery based on copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) for grid-scale energy storage devices with an operational discharge voltage of 1.73 V. Later, we showed that the current rate and the electrolyte (nature and concentration) greatly affect the performance of the CuHCF, due to a phase transformation. In o...
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A new family of zinc-ion batteries based on copper hexacyanoferrate have been recently introduced as an alternative device for grid-scale energy storage, in which metallic zinc was employed as an anode and neutral zinc sulfate as an electrolyte. In order to improve the calendar life of the battery, we investigated the effect of organic additives in...
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Reversible mixed ion intercalation in non-selective host structures has promising applications in desalination, in mixed-ion batteries, in waste-water treatment and in lithium recovery by electrochemical ion pumping. One class of host compound that possesses many of the requirements needed for such applications (cost effectiveness, fast ion kinetic...
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A detailed study of the electronic properties of thin (< 20 nm) anodic TiO2 potentiostatically grown on titanium in two different solutions is presented. The results show that the nature of the anodizing solution affects the electronic properties of the anodic film and in particular the density of electronic state (DOS) distribution. Different DOS...
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Model systems for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies of solid-state electrolytes based on ceramic lithium ion conductor Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) and polymer electrolyte P(EO)20-LiClO4 are investigated for the first time. The aim of the present study is to identify and quantify the lithium ion transition resistance of the ceramic/polyme...
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A lithium-ion battery model based on the Single Particle Model (SPM) is formulated in MATLAB®. The model consists of a set of first-principle (algebraic and PDEs) and empirical equations that describe the dynamic behaviour of a Li-ion battery system. A sensitivity analysis is performed to identify the most important parameters and variables in the...