The Future of Batteries

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Kelsey Hatzell, Yifei Mo, and Nella Vargas-Barbosa

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The importance of more than 40 years of research on lithium-ion batteries was recognized with the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. As the world is moving toward electrification and the greater use of renewable energy, the question that researchers have been looking to answer is what is the next lithium-ion battery? In this session, three early career researchers who are helping to shape the future of battery research will provide their perspectives on solid-state batteries. The talks will address crucial aspects of developing solid-state batteries, ranging from materials discovery to operando characterization. This webinar aims to highlight innovative work that has the potential to shape the direction of future battery research and development. About the speakers: Kelsey Hatzell is an assistant professor in mechanical and chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. Her research group focuses on understanding transport at solid|solid and solid|liquid interfaces for a range of applications related to energy storage, conversion, and separations applications. Yifei Mo is an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Dr. Mo’s research aims to advance the understanding, design, and discovery of engineering materials through cutting-edge computational techniques, with current emphases on new materials for energy storage and conversion. Since January 2019, Nella Vargas-Barbosa is a junior group leader in the nanochemistry department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Her research interests focus on the electrochemical characterization of interfaces with applications in energy storage and conversion.
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