Graduate Seminar| Accelerated scale-up of rationally designed sustainable energy materials, by Pranay Shrestha

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
Pranay Shrestha

The Chemical Engineering Department is hosting a special graduate lecture on Accelerated scale-up of rationally designed sustainable energy materials. 


Electrochemical energy devices, like batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers underpin our energy transition to sustainability. However, inherent heterogeneities in the design of these devices lead to sub-optimal performance and durability. For instance, when solid-state batteries are cycled (charged/ discharged) at reasonable pressures, heterogenous degradation mechanisms such as void formation and associated contact loss significantly degrades battery durability, bottlenecking their commercialization. In this talk, I will discuss key elements needed for rational design of clean energy materials – a) create, b) test, c) understand, and d) deploy. Building on insights from previous studies, I will present my research vision and plan to overcome and even leverage some existing heterogeneities and accelerate the scale-up of next-generation energy materials.