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Vienna, Austria | Sunday, October 4, 2009

Short Course #4
Lithium Ion Battery Materials
Ying Shirley Meng, Instructor

Designing better materials for rechargeable lithium batteries requires understanding of the many physical processes that determine their performance. The aim of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding key materials science and engineering issues underpinning the behavior of electrode and electrolyte materials for rechargeable lithium batteries. Materials science concepts and fundamentals of solid-state physics and chemistry will be explained with relevance to electrode and electrolyte materials. With the relevant examples, we will further illustrate how the direct integration of first principles computation with experimental research can accelerate the pace and efficiency of discovering new higher energy/power density materials for electrochemical energy storage.

This course will cover the following:

  • a general introduction into lithium and lithium ion batteries;
  • anodes and solid-electrolyte-interface (SEI) considerations;
  • electrolytes;
  • cathodes and interface considerations;
  • computational approach for electrode materials; and
  • nano materials and nanostructured electrode design.


About the Instructor

Ying Shirley Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the direct integration of the experimental techniques with computation modeling methods for rational materials characterization and design, a unique approach in the battery research field. Dr. Meng won the Graduate Student Award (Materials Research Society) for her dissertation work on lithium battery cathode materials. Recently, she has contributed significantly to the development of high energy high power cathode materials; the work has been published in Science (2006).

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