Are You A Curious Person? Want to Learn About Cutting Edge Battery Technology?

Hyde Park Angels is partnering with The American Chemical Society’s Chicago Section  to sponsor a big conference on June 19, 2014.  Sign up here.

The Chicago Section ACS has an action-packed program with a scientific focus on battery research at Argonne’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The main event is a panel discussion led by JCESR Director Dr. George Crabtree, and is followed by Argonne battery researchers Dr. Karena Chapman and Dr. Lynn Trahey. The talks will be capped by Mil Ovan, CMO at Navitas – a corporate partner that develops Argonne’s exciting scientific discoveries into real-world commercial products. Our poster session will showcase battery and other clean energy research at universities and startup enterprises from greater Chicagoland. Entrepreneurs and investors are welcome.

Here is the schedule.  The Argonne Tour is already sold out.  The event takes place at Bolingbrook Country Club.

  • 5:00 – 6:30 Social Hour with cash bar and Poster Session
  • 6:30 – 7:30 Dinner (see MENU below)
  • 7:30 –   General Meeting
    • Dr. Josh Kurutz, Chicago ACS Chair: Welcome
    • Susan Shih, Distinguished Service Award comittee chair: Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Frank Jarzembowski
    • Presentation of Awards to 50- and 60-year Members
    • Dr. Crabtree: “JCESR’s New Paradigm for Battery R&D” – One Year Later” (~30 min)
    • Dr. Chapman“Solvation Structure of Battery Electrolytes from High-energy Hard X-rays” (~10 min)
    • Dr. Trahey“In Situ Imaging of Battery Materials at APS”. (~10 min)
    • Mr. Ovan“Partnering With Argonne to Develop Tomorrow’s Commercial Batteries”. (~10 min)

ABSTRACT (Dr. Crabtree)

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) develops transformational concepts and technologies for portable electricity storage for transportation and stationary electric storage for the electricity grid.   JCESR looks beyond today’s Li-ion technology to innovative next generation energy storage materials and phenomena to achieve factors of five higher performance and lower cost.   These aggressive targets are essential to enable next generation energy technologies such as wide deployment of electric vehicles, integration of wind and solar generation on the grid, and designer microgrids tailored to serve local needs. jcesr

JCESR will leave three legacies:

  1. a library of fundamental science of the materials and phenomena of energy storage at atomic and molecular levels,
  2. transformational prototypes at the research and proof-of-concept stages for transportation and the grid, and
  3. new paradigm for battery research that integrates discovery science, battery design, research prototyping and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization.

JCESR’s new paradigm will significantly accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and shorten the time from conception to commercialization for next generation batteries.

JCESR’s research progress and future directions will be highlighted.

ABSTRACT (Dr. Chapman)
My talk will describe our recent efforts to evaluate ion solvation in electrolytes being developed for high capacity energy storage technologies, beyond Li-ion batteries.  In batteries, solvation of the working ion in an electrolyte mediates critical phenomena including ion mobility, chemical reactions, solubility and ion transfer to electrodes. We use pair distribution function (PDF) methods to recover atomic scale structural information as the distribution of all atom-atom distances within the whole system and have developed a new analytical approach to separate the contributions from cation and anion solvation.

ABSTRACT (Dr. Trahey)
Adoption of the next generation of anode and cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries is hindered due to both chemical and physical degradation of the materials during long term battery cycling. This talk will highlight the ways that advanced imaging techniques utilizing hard X-rays are providing clearer “pictures” of the complex underlying degradation processes.

A lot of people in the angel world are interested in more than just “apps”.  This is a great chance to learn more about hard science, and interact with the scientists that make it happen.

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