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

  • George Crabtree wins 2022 Energy Systems Award

    The prestigious award recognizes the importance of transforming energy systems from fossil fuels to carbon-free technologies. Physicist George Crabtree of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has received the 2022 Energy Systems Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( … Read More

  • Fund launched in honor of JCESR collaborator Susan Odom

    The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Arts & Sciences has launched a fund to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Susan Odom, a dear friend and JCESR collaborator. Dr. Susan A. Odom (1980-2021) was a talented associate professor of chemistry in … Read More

  • JCESR-supported research makes cover of Science: New electrolyte bolsters rechargeable battery design

    This press release was authored by the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. The energy contained within lithium-ion batteries has the potential to reshape the technology of the future battlefield, creating a worldwide demand for key lithium-ion battery materials … Read More

Research Highlights

  • Understanding fluorine-free electrolytes via small-angle X-ray scattering

    We compare the solvation phenomenon of sodium tetraphenylborate (NaBPh4) salt dissolved in organic solvents of propylene carbonate (PC), 1,2-dimethoxyethane (DME), acetonitrile (ACN) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) by SAXS/WAXS measurement and MD simulation. Read More

  • Navigating the Minefield of Battery Literature

    This is an invited perspective aiming to help researchers new to the field of battery research to circumvent certain recurring misconceptions and inaccuracies in the current battery literature. It covers the electrolyte ideality and practical situation in batteries, the difficulty in accurately determining ion transference … Read More

  • Quantifying Lithium Ion Exchange in Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) on Graphite Anode Surfaces

    By using Li isotopic labelling of SEIs and electrolytes followed by time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectroscopy and solid-state NMR analyses, we found that the majority of Li+ “immobilized” in the chemical ingredients were exchanged after 1 SEI formation cycle. Ion exchange by diffusion based on concentration … Read More