2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium EN03-Beyond Li-Ion Batteries—Low Cost Alternatives Based on Other Chemistries

The emergence of the large-scale grid and electric vehicle (EV) markets calls for lower-cost and more energy dense battery options. Although today’s Li-ion chemistry is mature and has successfully powered portable electronic devices, the massive scale-up of Li-ion battery production required to meet the ever-growing demands in electrochemical energy storage poses significant raw metal sourcing concerns, particularly Li and certain transition metals such as Co and Ni. Hence, alternative and sustainable rechargeable battery chemistries that include, but are not limited to, emerging Na-, K-, Zn-, Mg-, and Ca-based systems, are under intense scrutiny. Notably, significant efforts are being devoted to understanding and addressing key challenges in the development of these so-called “beyond Li-ion” chemistries, and substantial insights into their storage and failure mechanisms have been obtained over the past few years thanks to advanced characterization and computation/modeling techniques.

This symposium aims to highlight recent advances in fundamental materials science, with a focus on beyond Li-ion batteries. Specifically, this symposium will feature research talks on the design and development of novel materials / substances for use as (i) battery electrodes (both cathode and anode), (ii) electrolytes, and presentations addressing the need for an in-depth understanding of energy storage mechanisms through (iii) experimental characterizations and computational analysis, and (iv) emerging computationally-guided and Artificial-Intelligence (AI)/Machine-Learning (ML) driven materials discovery and data analysis. Discussions on such topics will provide an overview of the current status of beyond Li-ion battery technologies, and promote multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding materials design principles for more reliable battery systems.

Topics will include:

  • Electrode development
  • Electrolyte development
  • Advanced characterization for understanding energy storage mechanisms
  • Computational modeling and design
  • AI/ML-guided materials discovery

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Pieremanuele Canepa (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Kyeongjae Cho (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Marca Doeff (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Geoffroy Hautier (Dartmouth College, USA)
  • Yan-Yan Hu (Florida State University, USA)
  • Shinichi Komaba (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
  • Ju Li (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Feng Lin (Virginia Tech, USA)
  • Chen Ling (Toyota Research Institute, USA)
  • Lauren Marbella (Columbia University, USA)
  • Y. Shirley Meng (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Anton Van der Ven (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Chunsheng Wang (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Naoaki Yabuuchi (Yokohama National University, Japan)
  • Yan Yao (University of Houston, USA)
  • Karim Zaghib (McGill University, Canada)
  • Peter Zapol (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Wolfgang Zeier (Universität Münster, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Haegyeom Kim
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Materials Sciences Division

Raphaële Clément
University of California, Santa Barbara

Shyue Ping Ong
University of California, San Diego
Department of NanoEngineering

Yan Eric Wang
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
Advanced Materials Lab

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