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Electrochemical Energy Devices

Dramatic improvements in the energy and power storage capabilities of batteries and related electrochemical storage devices, as well as in the efficiency and robustness of energy conversion systems, are central to the Army's mission of vastly improved energy efficiency for soldiers in the field. Synthesis and processing of novel materials that can meet the requirements of today's Army, let alone future needs, requires vastly improved understanding not only of the traditional "bulk" but especially of the properties and behavior of materials on the nanometer length scale associated with defects and interfaces. Employing and developing novel, state-of-the-art multiscale modeling approaches, in this project we focus on virtual design and optimization of advance materials for Lithium Ion Batteries and Alkaline Fuel Cells. These systems are electrochemical in nature and hence are driven by reactions, structure and transport both within electrodes and electrolytes and at interfaces between electrolytes and electrodes.


Faculty Lead: Dmitry Bedrov (University of Utah)

Valeria Molinero (University of Utah)

Adri van Duin (PennState University)

Efthimios Kaxiras (Harvard University)

Giulia Galli (University of California Davis)

George Karniadakis (Brown University)

Mike Kirby (University of Utah)

Martin Berzins (University of Utah)

ARL Collaborators

Oleg Borodin (Army Research Laboratory)

Cynthia Lundgren (Army Research Laboratory)

Richard T Jow (Army Research Laboratory)

Kyle Grew (Army Research Laboratory)

Deryn Chu (Army Research Laboratory)