ECS Detroit Section Hosts: “Sustainable Battery Components from Rice Hull Ash (RHA)”

Richard Laine

Richard Laine

Register for Richard Laine’s May 10 presentation

The ECS Detroit Section invites you to “Sustainable Battery Components from Rice Hull Ash (RHA),” presented by Professor Richard Laine at the Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America location on May 10, 2023, at 1800h ET.

Student poster awards

Students are encouraged to present posters. Up to three posters will be presented at the event. The first three students contacting the section at about presenting their work receive USD $100 and one year of free access to ECS Detroit Section events.

Event details

Richard Laine
Professor, Material Science and Engineering
University of Michigan

Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 1800h ET

Location: Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.
35555 W. 12 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3139

Fee: USD $20

1800h Doors open
1810h Posters and Dinner
1900h Speaker

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ECS Detroit Section Hosts: “Sustainable Battery Components from Rice Hull Ash (RHA)”
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To realize a more holistic approach to electrification in society, not only is it mandatory that we disengage from non-renewable fuels while adopting new approaches to energy storage, but we must realize actual environmental benefits from this transition. Given that the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in battery value chains originate from material mining and production, there is exceptional incentive to find alternate routes to superior lithium ion battery (LIB) components.

Combustion of rice husks generates 100s of gigawatts of green electricity annually in the U.S. alone, and coincidentally, ≈150k tons of RHA (90 wt % silica ≈ 10 wt % carbon). We have learned to use RHA to make a number of LIB components including Li+ conducting electrolytes, silicon, silicon carbide, and silicon oxynitride anode materials that offer capacities >950 mAh g-1 competitive with porous Si metal.

Richard Laine

Prof. Rick Laine is a faculty member in both Materials Science and Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM). He received his BS in Chemistry at California State University, Northridge, followed by a PhD at the University of Southern California. After several postdocs, he spent 11 years at Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) followed by three years in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington before coming to UM. His research interests include novel ceramic processing methods and the development of silicon-containing polymers for electronic and photonic applications. He has over 300 publications, 45 patents, and an H factor of 72.

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