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Early Career Research Award: Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher came to Argonne as a postdoctoral appointee in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied low-temperature fuel cells.
At Argonne, Gallagher does modeling for the laboratory’s electrochemical energy storage department. His work uses experimental measurements to reconstruct what actually occurs inside batteries. Gallagher has developed electrochemical models that examine possible aging mechanisms and advanced electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. He has also conducted a series of experimental electrochemical diagnostic studies on composite cathode active materials.
Gallagher made significant improvements to an advanced battery design and cost model used by Argonne researchers. He led efforts to adapt this model for use in the EPA’s Light Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for 2017-2025. Today, this battery design and cost model, BatPaC, is the only public-domain model that captures the interplay between the design and cost of Li-ion batteries for transportation applications.
“Kevin has a strong background in electrochemistry, an in-depth knowledge of advanced battery technologies and outstanding communication skills," said Gallagher’s advisor, Dennis Dees. "In the few years he has been at Argonne, he has made major contributions to several advanced battery projects and proposals, including for the Energy Innovation Hub for advanced research on batteries and energy storage.”
By Stephanie Yin