Abstract: This talk will present our interdisciplinary, atomic- and molecular-level insight obtained from integrating both experimental and computational methodologies to define the landscape of parameters that control the electrochemical performance of the materials for the new generation of the lithium-ion and beyond-lithium-ion battery systems. Our strategy forms a closed loop wherein the knowledge gained from the model systems is used to design more complex, real-world materials and vice-versa. A variety of ex situ and in situ experimental optical, surface-sensitive, and electrochemical methods were used to explore and explain the bulk and interfacial properties of the selected materials. These results will serve to unravel many of the puzzling properties of energy storage systems and to enable rapid transition from fundamental science to realistic batteries.
Materials Science Colloquium