Advanced Batteries & Energy Conversion
A major drawback of current Li-ion battery technology for automotive applications is their limited cycle life and capacity. Degradation mechanisms in Li-ion batteries remain poorly understood and the basic science required for the formulation of modeling tools to predict battery performance and lifetime is largely absent. For novel battery chemistries that promise much higher energy densities, such as the Li-air and Li-sulfur batteries, basic R&D is needed to understand performance-limiting phenomena. Standardized, pre-competitive testing protocols and effective recycling methods will further enable the proliferation of next generation batteries. Knowledge of materials properties and processes at the nano-scale can also be used to develop high efficiency thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery.
Thrust Area Leaders
Don Siegel - University of Michigan
Feng Wu - Beijing Institute of Technology
Co - Thrust Area Leaders
Marcello Canova - The Ohio State University
Languang Lu - Tsinghua University