On August 1, 2014, the Center for Electrical Energy Storage became the Center for Electrochemical Energy Science (CEES), when it was renewed as an Energy Frontier Research Center by the U.S. Department of Energy for another term.
CEES aims to understand the electrochemical reactivity of oxide materials and their interfaces under the extreme conditions relevant to energy storage systems, and create a robust fundamental understanding of electrochemically driven reactivity using lithium-ion battery chemistry as a well-defined model system.
Although significant advances have been made over the past two decades in non-aqueous lithium-ion battery technology, substantial advances are required to meet the specific and volumetric energy storage demands of the 21st Century. Our guiding hypothesis in this work is that a robust molecular-scale understanding of these complex processes will enable the discovery of fundamentally new concepts, structures and architectures that, ultimately, lead to disruptive advances applicable to energy systems having electrified materials and interfaces.
Led by Argonne National Laboratory, CEES is a partnership that includes Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Purdue University. These institutions bring a world-class team of scientists to develop a fundamental understanding about electrochemical processes at interfaces and within materials inherent to energy stor-age systems to advance this critical national and societal need.