In support of these three concepts, JCESR employs crosscutting science, including:
- computer simulation and discovery of battery electrodes in the Materials Project,
- computer simulation and discovery of electrolytes in the Electrolyte Genome,
- synthesis and characterization of electrodes, electrolytes and interfaces in the Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory, and
- Multimodal characterization by NMR, electron microscopy, X-ray scattering and scanning probes
These crosscutting science tools enable us to identify, synthesize, characterize and understand new battery materials and phenomena at the atomic and molecular levels.
For full battery systems, JCESR applies techno-economic modeling to design virtual batteries on the computer. This enables us to project their performance and manufacturing cost, reveal shortcomings needing more focused research, and identify candidates promising enough for prototyping.
This integrated approach, JCESR’s new paradigm for battery R&D, unifies discovery science, battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization. This new paradigm enables strategic focus on the most promising research opportunities and difficult challenges, establishes the basic science needed to pursue the most promising opportunities, and designs and prototypes beyond-lithium-ion battery systems.
JCESR’s collaborative teams that interact intimately across the R&D spectrum bring strong emphases on strategic intent, nimble reaction to discoveries, and collective decisions on research directions.