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Michael Thackeray
Thackeray receives Murphree Award from the American Chemical Society

Argonne researcher Michael M. Thackeray was recently named 2016 recipient of the E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

August 31, 2015
CEES goes to Washington

Directors of the four DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Centers based in Illinois traveled to Washington, DC, on April 15, 2015 to brief the Illinois congressional delegation.

April 15, 2015
CEES entry wins DOE 1001 word challenge for "best science lesson"

A team from CEES won the "Best Science Lesson" award in the U.S. Department of Energy's The Ten Hundred and One Word Challenge for Energy Frontier Research Centers.

July 12, 2013
Michael Thackeray is a Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory.
The long, winding road to advanced batteries for electric cars

Batteries have come a long way since Alessandro Volta first discovered in 1800 that two unlike metals, when separated by an acidic solution, could produce an electric current. In their evolution, batteries have taken on various forms, ranging from lead-acid, to nickel-metal hydride, to current-day lithium-ion.

July 18, 2012
Panagiotis Prezas examines a battery cell in Argonne's Electrochemical Analysis and Diagnostics Lab, where scientists test batteries' life cycles and calendar lives.
The search for a superbattery

Imagine if you only had to plug in your phone once a week. Or your laptop lasted days between charges. Or an affordable electric car that ran for more than 200 miles on a single battery charge.

July 1, 2012
These microcapsules, filled with liquid metal, sit on a gold conductive layer. If the circuit is mechanically damaged, the capsules burst to restore the conductive pathway. Each is just 10 microns across; 10 could fit side by side in a human hair. Image by Amanda Jones and Ben Blaiszik.
Battery, heal thyself: Inventing self-repairing batteries

Imagine dropping your phone on the hard concrete sidewalk—but when you pick it up, you find its battery has already healed itself.

January 11, 2012
The Center for Electrical Energy Storage (CEES) is one of three Argonne-led Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) that were established in 2009. The CEES program focuses on researching lithium battery systems.
Battery research gets extra juice with research center

CEES is one of three Argonne-led Energy Frontier Research Centers that were established in 2009 thanks to a special block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that sought to establish five-year interdisciplinary programs focused around discrete scientific challenges.

June 20, 2011