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“Holy Grail” for Batteries: Solid-State Magnesium Battery a Big Step Closer
November 28, 2017
A team of JCESR scientists has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe.
October 19, 2017
A research team at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up.
February 21, 2017
Chemists at University of Utah and University of Michigan use a predictive model to develop a charge-storing molecule around 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, as reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
December 22, 2016
Argonne National Laboratory has named renowned battery scientist Venkat Srinivasan the next director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), a center which seeks to commercialize battery and energy storage technologies. Srinivasan will continue in his role as JCESR Deputy Director.
Massive Trove of Battery and Molecule Data Released to Public
June 8, 2016
Through the Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, JCESR scientists at Berkeley Lab have released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on batteries and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues.
Cleaning up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan
April 21, 2016
JCESR scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discover a new way of building supercapacitor-battery electrodes that eliminates interference from inactive components.
New Hybrid Electrolyte for Solid-State Lithium Batteries
December 21, 2015
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.
U-M Opens World-Class Battery Research Lab
October 2, 2015
University of Michigan’s new Battery Lab further expands the Midwest’s rapidly growing battery research and manufacturing capabilities. It will serve as a base for U-M R&D efforts as a partner in the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.
Argonne and MSU Partner to Create Energy Storage Technology Solutions
August 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Mississippi State University (MSU) are collaborating to develop new technologies that address next-generation energy storage challenges.
August MSU Symposium to Highlight Future of Energy Storage
July 15, 2015
Mississippi State University and JCESR are sponsoring an Aug. 12 and 13 symposium at the new Mill at MSU Conference Center on Russell Street in Starkville. Speakers and panelists will be examining energy storage opportunities that could help local utilities and agricultural operations while improving resiliency to natural disasters.
Study Finds a Way to Prevent Fires in Next-Generation Lithium Batteries
June 17, 2015
In a study that could improve the safety of next-generation batteries, JCESR researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation of dendrites – “fingers” of lithium that pierce the barrier between the battery’s halves, causing it to short out, overheat and sometimes burst into flame.
Beyond the Lithium Ion – a Significant Step toward a Better Performing Battery
April 17, 2015
As described in the journal Advanced Materials, JCESR researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt.
Erupting Electrodes: How Recharging Leaves Behind Microscopic Debris Inside Batteries
April 9, 2015
Using a powerful microscope to watch multiple cycles of charging and discharging under real battery conditions, PNNL researchers have gained insight into the chemistry that clogs rechargeable lithium batteries. The work, appearing in the March issue of the journal Nano Letters, will help researchers design cheaper and more powerful rechargeable batteries.
Dendrite Eraser: New Electrolyte Rids Batteries of Short-Circuiting Fibers
February 24, 2015
As described in Nature Communications, PNNL physicist Jason Zhang and his colleagues have developed a new electrolyte that allows lithium-sulfur, lithium-metal and lithium-air batteries to operate at 99 percent efficiency, while having a high current density and without growing dendrites that short-circuit rechargeable batteries.
Leading Experts to Speak at Battery & Energy Storage Technology Conference
October 29, 2014
Speakers from US Department of Energy, academia and industry to meet November 5th in Buffalo, NY
Berkeley Lab Study Reveals Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes
October 23, 2014
Researchers at Berkeley have observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions.
DOE Secretary Helps Usher in New Era of Energy Research at Berkeley Lab
October 23, 2014
A new building will be the home to lab’s energy storage efforts.
Dispelling a Misconception About Mg-Ion Batteries
October 16, 2014
Supercomputer simulations at Berkeley Lab provide a path to better designs.
JCESR and NASA Team Up
March 19, 2014
The DOE Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) and NASA Glenn Research Center are collaborating to develop next generation batteries for use in future space missions.
Batteries as They are Meant to be Seen
December 26, 2013
In search for long-lasting, inexpensive rechargeable batteries, JCESR researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory develop more realistic methods to study the materials in action.

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