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CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar: Jay Whitacre, Carnegie Melon University
CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar: Jay Whitacre, Carnegie Melon University
WhenMonday, Nov 4, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationMolecular Engineering (MOL)
Campus roomMolES 215
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsClean Energy Institute

Autonomous Machine Learning-Informed Experimentation:  Optimizing Complex Battery Electrolyte Solutions with Maximum Efficiency

Innovations in batteries take years to formulate, requiring extensive experimentation during the design and optimization phases. In this talk, an approach to the design of a battery electrolyte as a machine-learning (ML) driven optimization problem.  Specifically, a robotic fully-automated test stand capable of creating arbitrary electrolyte solutions with up to ten constituents  is described.  The stand is controlled by Dragonfly, a Bayesian ML software package that was first used to search mixtures lithium and sodium salts for electrolytes (aqueous and organic solvent based). Dragonfly recommended electrolyte designs to test and then received real time experimental feed- back.  In one case, within only 40 hours of continuous experimentation, Dragonfly discovered a novel, high-performing sodium electrolyte system that a human-guided design process may have missed. This result demonstrates the possibility of integrating robotics with machine- learning to rapidly and autonomously discover novel electrochemically functional materials.  An overview of the system and the approach will be given and a first set of compelling results will be offered.……

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