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CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar: Dr. Yi Cui, Stanford University
CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar: Dr. Yi Cui, Stanford University
WhenTuesday, Oct 29, 2019, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Campus locationMolecular Engineering (MOL)
Campus room315
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsClean Energy Institute

Materials and Interface Design for Batteries

The fast growth of portable power sources for transportation and grid-scale stationary storage presents great opportunities for battery development. How to increase energy density, reduce cost, speed up charging, extend life, enhance safety and recycle are critical challenges. Here I will present more than a decade long research from my lab to address many of these challenges including: 1) Materials design to enable high capacity Si and Li metal anodes and S cathodes.  2) Interfacial design to enhance cycling efficiency of battery electrodes; 3) Battery safety study and strategy; 4) Nanoscale composite solid electrolyte; 5) New battery chemistries for grid scale storage; 6) A breakthrough tool of cryogenic electron microscopy applied to battery materials research, leading to atomic scale resolution of Li metal dendrite and solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) for the first time.

Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Ph.D in 2002 at Harvard University. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted with tenure. He has published ~430 research papers and has an H-index of 180 (Google). In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. He is a Fellow of Materials Research Society, Electrochemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium and a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium. His selected awards include: Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience (2019), Nano Today Award (2019), Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004). He has founded three companies to commercialize technologies from his group: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc. and EEnovate Technology Inc.

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