Accomplishments

  • Scientific Sprints: Speed Through Collaboration

    As an innovative twist on traditional project management, JCESR conducts “Sprints,” small teams of dedicated researchers formed to solve a select research challenge within 1-6 months. Using the Sprint approach, JCESR takes a single question from our catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicates a small, multidisciplinary team of 5-15 members to answer it. Read More

  • The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory

    The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory (EDL) — a key JCESR discovery tool located at Argonne — synthesizes high-quality materials for testing in beyond-lithium-ion batteries and characterizes their properties with state-of-the-art analytical techniques. Read More

  • The Electrolyte Genome Project

    Traditional chemistry relies on intuition and experience to select a few materials that might work well for new electrolytes. The Electrolyte Genome streamlines this process by evaluating thousands of materials by simulation on the computer and choosing the most promising few for synthesis in the laboratory. Read More

  • Water as a Catalyst – Improving how Batteries Function

    Anyone who has ever dropped a cell phone in the sink will tell you that electrical devices and water do not go together. However, a new study has shown that conventional wisdom may not hold on the molecular scale in some beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Read More

  • Techno-Economic Modeling -- Building New Battery Systems on the Computer

    JCESR is applying techno-economic models to project the performance and cost of a wide array of promising new battery systems before they are prototyped. The results from techno-economic modeling establish performance “floors” for discovery science teams looking for new anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes for a beyond lithium-ion battery, identifying those with the potential to meet JCESR’s goal and rejecting those unlikely to be effective. Read More

  • Fitting the Lithium-Sulfur Battery with a New Membrane

    The lithium-sulfur battery has higher energy storage capacity and lower cost than lithium ion. But there is a serious stumbling block. Polysulfides form in the cathode during battery cycling and pass through the membrane to contaminate the lithium metal anode. This results in a rapid decline in performance. JCESR researchers appear to have found a solution to the problem – the “polymer of intrinsic microporosity” (PIM). Read More

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  • Search for the Super Battery

    We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Aired on February 1, 2017, this NOVA program entitled … Read More

  • Director's Message -- 2016

    It seems only yesterday we launched the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), but in reality, it was nearly four years ago. Our vision was bold: high-performance, low-cost electricity storage that would lead to widespread deployment of electric vehicles and transformation of the … Read More

  • Energy Storage Has the Potential to Change the Way We Live

    This CNBC Special Report discusses how the striking and swift evolution of cell phones from cumbersome bricks to sleek, powerful devices was possible because of the lithium-ion batteries used to charge them up. Next-gen batteries could bring the kind of change we’ve seen in telephones … Read More

  • Scientific Sprints: Speed Through Collaboration

    As an innovative twist on traditional project management, JCESR conducts “Sprints,” small teams of dedicated researchers formed to solve a select research challenge within 1-6 months. Using the Sprint approach, JCESR takes a single question from our catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicates a … Read More

  • Energy Storage: George Crabtree

    George Crabtree, JCESR Director, discusses the importance of developing the next generation of batteries and how that could help transform transportation and the electricity grid. Read More