Available Technologies

JCESR is an intellectual and scientific leader in next generation energy storage research. Our researchers have invented a wide and diverse range of technologies in the “beyond lithium-ion” space with a primary focus on flow, lithium-sulfur, multivalent and solid-state batteries. Since 2013, our cutting-edge science has generated more than 30 patents with additional patent applications currently pending.

We are committed to licensing JCESR-developed intellectual property to existing and start-up companies that are technically and financially capable of turning early-stage technology into commercial products. We work to negotiate fair and reasonable license agreements that are beneficial to both parties. We also collaborate with our licensees to help ensure these technologies are a success in the commercial world.

JCSER has also been developing other energy storage related technologies that include advanced membranes, supercapacitors, lithium-ion additives and cathode materials. To learn more about JCESR-funded inventions, please contact us at [email protected]. Current technologies available for licensing are listed below.

Flow Battery Technologies

Flow batteries replace the solid electrodes of conventional batteries with liquid solutions of redox atoms and molecules, enabling large storage capacity for grid-scale applications and long lifetime without the strain of repeated expansion and contraction of solid electrodes during charging and discharging.

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Multivalent-ion Battery Technologies

Energy storage devices based on multivalent metals have the potential to meet the needs of large-scale energy storage, due to the relatively high abundance and low-cost of elements such as magnesium, calcium, aluminum and zinc.

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Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Battery Technologies

Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries promise much higher energy storage capacity at lower cost compared to conventional lithium-ion technologies since sulfur is inexpensive and plentiful. A key challenge for Li-S batteries has been controlling the formation of polysulfides during battery cycling.

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Solid-State and Lithium-Metal Battery Technologies

Next generation lithium-based batteries are typically focused on cells containing lithium-metal anodes due to their potential to enable high energy capacities and densities. This includes solid-state batteries which are widely considered an important innovation to create safe high-energy batteries for a range of end-use applications, including electric vehicles.

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Recent Updates

  • A Message from JCESR: In Memory of George Crabtree

    It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to George Crabtree, a Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, and Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), who passed away unexpectedly on January 23. Dr. Read More

  • JCESR Spotlight: Bob Jin Kwon, A Postdoc with Passion and Perseverance

    Argonne recognizes Kwon’s contributions to battery science with the Postdoctoral Performance Award. Article authored by: Michael Matz, Argonne Associate Bob Jin Kwon likes a good challenge, particularly when it comes to developing completely new kinds of batteries. “Developing new battery technologies is very challenging,” said … Read More

  • JCESR Spotlight: Lily Robertson Recognized for Her Contributions to Battery Research

    Argonne’s Postdoctoral Performance Award recognizes scientific achievements, leadership, and collaboration. Article authored by: Michael Matz, Argonne Associate Since her early days growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Lily Robertson has always wanted to help make the world a better place. “For as … Read More

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