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Batteries (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Building Better Batteries: Materials, Interfaces and Devices


February 20-21, 2016


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Martin Ebner & Rose E. Ruther

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Batteries is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Advancing electrochemical energy storage presents numerous challenges. Battery systems involve complex interactions between many different states of matter; high energy density and cycle life demand that materials operate at the edge of stability for hundreds to thousands of cycles over many years; and the chemical and physical processes involved span multiple length and time scales.

The 2016 seminar will bring together a diverse group of young researchers from across disciplines to discuss new approaches to address these challenges. We anticipate this seminar will be highly interactive and provide ample opportunity to network and socialize with peers. Participants should leave with a fresh perspective on their own work and better prepared to participate more fully in the associated Gordon Research Conference. Topics include (but are not limited to): new energy storage materials and systems; theory, modeling, and simulation; and advanced characterization techniques. Any battery chemistry is eligible, including lithium-ion, lithium-air, lithium-sulfur, magnesium- and sodium-based chemistries, and redox flow batteries.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Batteries" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Fabrication of Safe and High Performance Li-Ion Batteries
Discussion Leader: Yiyang Li (Stanford University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmChang-Jun Bae (Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated, USA)
"Fabrication of Safe and High Performance Li-Ion Batteries"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdvanced Materials and Characterization
Discussion Leader: Kathlyne Nelson (Dalhousie University, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJongwoo Lim (Stanford University, USA)
"Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes Revealed by Operando Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmPatrick Pietsch (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
"Operando X-Ray Tomographic Microscopy on Lithium Ion Battery Graphite Electrodes"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmYelena Gorlin (Technische Universität München, Germany)
"Determination of Li2S Charging Mechanism Using Spatially Resolved Operando X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAnna Wise (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA)
"Multimodal Operando Investigation of the Stabilizing Effect of Al2O3 Coating on LiNi0.4Mn0.4Co0.2O2 Cathodes"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amModels, Interfaces and Degradation
Discussion Leader: Yiyang Li (Stanford University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMegan Butala (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Unraveling the Mechanism of Transition Metal Sulfide Conversion Electrodes with Local Structure Methods"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSai Gautam Gopalakrishnan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"First Principles Study of V2O5 Polymorphs of Mg-Battery Cathode Materials"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJames Pikul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Performance Modeling and Design of Ultra-High Power Microbatteries"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAndrew Hsieh (Princeton University, USA)
"In Operando Electrochemical-Acoustic Analysis of Rechargeable Batteries"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmNovel Approaches
Discussion Leader: Rose Ruther (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmKent Griffith (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Local and Long-Range Structure Evolution and Dynamics from Multinuclear NMR and In Situ X-Ray Characterization of Complex Metal Oxides"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmKelsey Hatzell (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Flowable Electrodes for Grid Energy Storage"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

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