Instead of trying to find battery chemistries specifically tailored to particular technological needs, JCESR researchers have traded a “top-down” process for a ”bottom-up” approach in which they focus on fundamental investigations of different chemical processes on the atomic and molecular levels.
“The idea is to understand the materials and phenomena of energy storage so well that we can design a variety of batteries for a variety of applications,” JCESR Director George Crabtree said. “An extensive knowledge of energy storage at the atomic and molecular level is the new feature that allows us to custom design a battery atom-by-atom and molecule-by-molecule, and hit the overall battery performance requirements for any application.”
An article based on JCESR’s research, “Energy storage emerging: A perspective from the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research,” appeared in the June 9, 2020 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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