Sprints

JCESR supplements traditional project management approaches using “Sprints.” Sprints are small teams of dedicated researchers formed specifically to solve a select JCESR research challenge within a fixed timeframe.

Using the Sprint approach, JCESR takes a single question from our catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicates a small, multidisciplinary team of 5-15 members to answer it in 6-12 months, enabling us to move forward more rapidly in our research. The Sprint team works on that challenge in close contact with each other, meeting weekly or even daily to discuss their progress and refine their plan.

Once the Sprint is complete, the outcome is documented in our project plan and circulated within JCESR and the broader research community. The resulting new knowledge then informs and inspires subsequent research challenges.

Sprints give early career scientists the opportunity to lead multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams, often a formative career experience. It also gives them the chance to meet peers and industry leaders across multiple organizations. This would not be possible using a traditional project management approach.

 

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    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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    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