Energy storage and conversion
We explore the development of electrochemical energy storage systems with improved capacity and lifetime.
Key research in this area includes understanding the fundamental relations between mechanics and electrochemical performance, optimizing grid level storage for alternative energy, and laser processing of energy storage materials.
We study the fundamental relationships between mechanical properties and electrochemical performance of energy storage systems. By focusing on complete battery cells rather than individual electrodes, we can understand the interactions between the battery components and optimize overall system performance.
Reliable energy storage systems are critical to the success of intermittent renewable energy sources (i.e. wind and solar). In order to advance these technologies, we are developing a systems-based approach to integrating different energy storage devices with the goal of creating optimized energy storage systems for use in high-power applications.
Nanomaterials have become increasingly important in energy applications. In this area, we build upon our expertise in laser-based and electrochemical techniques to develop novel methods for processing nanowire architectures used in energy storage and conversion.