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2019 Symposium Overview

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poster session followed the lectures: 2019 poster list CCMR Symposium

Industry attendees selected the best posters:

We are happy to announce the awardees:

First Prizes :

Polymer-Ceramic Hybrid Separators for Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

Travis O’Neil, Soshana Smith, Joseph M. Carlin, and Prof. Yong L. Joo*


Imaging Strain-Enhanced Nanoparticle Catalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

Elliot Padgett, Paul Cueva, Megan E. Holtz, Anusorn Kongkanand, and Prof. David A. Muller*


Second Prizes :

Effect of Gel Electrolyte on the Transport of Polysulfides in Li-Sulfur Batteries.

Somayeh Zamani, George L. Shebert, and Prof. Yong L. Joo*


Rare Earth Element Mining with Engineered Microorganisms.
Alexa M. Schmitz, Brooke Pian, Esteban Gazel, and Prof. Buz Barstow*


Electrifications of transportation and energy storage are rapidly growing, aided by increasing investments in storage technologies in both private and governmental sectors. These investments have enabled modern lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells, which are now widely used in electric vehicles, portable power units, and grid storage.  Among the options, lithium–ion batteries are the most mature and are already commercialized. However, to improve the viability and accelerate the adoption of future batteries, new chemistries that can operate in extreme environment, have higher capacity and improved safety, and rely on environmentally friendly and responsibly sourced materials are necessary. Fuel cells have to also overcome challenges in durability, reliability, and scalability. In addition, the development of an infrastructure that can allow for the optimal intersection of supply, demand, and distribution will also be essential to ensure a smooth and successful transition to our electrified future.

The goal of the CCMR Symposium on Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion on May 22, 2019 was to i) explore recent advances in energy storage materials, batteries and fuel cells from both industry and academia, ii) learn about long-term strategies of global players such as Daimler and GM and emerging ones such as A123 Systems, and iii) form connections with industrial collaborators.

Profs. Jin Suntivich, Materials Science and Engineering, and Yong Joo, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (program organizers) invited speakers including the 2019 Sproull Lecturer: Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon, Solid State Chemistry and Energy, Collège de France. He was joined by Dr. Karen Swider Lyons, Director, Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, US Naval Research Laboratory; Dr. Andreas Hintennach, Research HV Battery Systems, Daimler AG; Dr. Deborah Myers, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Materials Group, Argonne National Laboratory; Prof. Stanley Whittingham, Chemistry and Materials Science and  Engineering, Binghamton University; Prof. Mark Mathias, Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, formerly at GM;  Dr. Derek C. Johnson, Vice President, Global R&D, A123 Systems, LLC; and Prof. Lynden Archer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, and Founder and Board Member of NOHMs, Rochester, NY, a company developing electrolytes for lithium ion batteries.

poster session followed the lectures. Industry attendees were invited to present posters, sponsor and exhibit. A few tables were dedicated to industry attendees’s handouts and brochuresContact us if you want to use this opportunity in 2020.


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