Webinar: Synchrotron Characterization of Buried Interfaces in Solid State Batteries

Kelsey B. Hatzell
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Flowers Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Engineering
Vanderbilt University, U.S. 

Date: May 5, 2021
Time: 1300h EDT
Sponsor: Hiden Analytical

Transportation accounts for 23 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Electrification is a pathway toward ameliorating these growing challenges. All solid state batteries could potentially address the safety and driving range requirements necessary for widespread adoption of electric vehicles. However, the power densities of all-solid state batteries are limited because of ineffective ion transport at solid | solid interfaces. New insight into the governing physics that occur at intrinsic and extrinsic interfaces are critical for developing engineering strategies for the next generation of energy dense batteries. However, buried solid | solid interfaces are notoriously difficult to observe with traditional bench-top and lab-scale experiments. Opportunities for tracking phenomena and mechanisms in all solid state batteries in situ using advanced synchrotron techniques are reviewed in related carbon dioxide emissions. Electrification is a pathway toward ameliorating these growing challenges. All solid state batteries could potentially address the safety and driving range requirements necessary for widespread adoption of electric vehicles. However, the power densities of all-solid state batteries are limited because of ineffective ion transport at solid | solid interfaces. New insight into the governing physics that occur at intrinsic and extrinsic interfaces are critical for developing engineering strategies for the next generation of energy dense batteries. However, buried solid | solid interfaces are notoriously difficult to observe with traditional bench-top and lab-scale experiments. Opportunities for tracking phenomena and mechanisms in all solid state batteries in situ using advanced synchrotron techniques are reviewed in this talk. Synchrotron techniques that combine reciprocal and real space techniques are capable of tracking multi-scale structural phenomena from the nano- to meso-scale. The role microstructure plays on transport and interfacial properties that govern adhesion is discussed. Quantification of salient descriptors of structure in solid state batteries is critical for understanding the mechanochemical nature of all solid state batteries.

Benefits of attending the webinar

Learn about:

  • Insight into operando and in situ characterization techniques;
  • Discussion of emerging challenges with solid state batteries;
  • Highlight challenges with manufacturing batteries.

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Kelsey B. Hatzell

Dr. Hatzell is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Flowers Family Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on printable materials and understanding electrochemistry at interfaces as well as solution processed material synthesis of low dimensional materials for energy storage and water desalination application. She earned her BS/BA in Engineering/Economics from Swarthmore College; MS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, U.S.; and PhD in Material Science and Engineering at Drexel University, U.S. Hatzell has received research awards including the Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry (2020), POLiS Award for Excellence (2021), MRS Nelson “Buck” Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy (2019), ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship (2019), Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Award (2017), and NSF CAREER Award (2018). She was also a Scialog Research Fellow in energy storage and negative emissions technologies.

Prof. Hatzell will be joining the faculty of Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE).

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