Better ways to store energy are critical to becoming more energy efficient.  One of the keys to advances in energy storage lies in both finding novel materials and in understanding how current and new materials function.  The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) is an effort being led by Binghamton University, and includes as partners Rutgers University , Argonne National Laboratory,  Cambridge University, MIT, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at San Diego. The Center supports basic research in the design of the next generation of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs), which requires both the development of new chemistries and the fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical processes that occur in these complex systems.
The mission of the Center is to develop an understanding of how key electrode reactions occur, and how they can be controlled to improve electrochemical performance, from the atomistic level to the macroscopic level through the life-time of the operating battery. Three thrust areas have been established in order to achieve the Center's goals: intercalation materials, transport in mesoscale systems and one cross-cutting on characterization.
                                         RESEARCH PLAN
The processes that occur in batteries are complex, spanning a wide range of time and length scale. The team of experimentalists and theorists will make the use of, and develop new methodologies to determine how model compound electrodes function in real time, as batteries are cycled.
The Four-year Goals of the Center are: 
  1. Close the gap between the theoretical and practical energy density for intercalation compounds. 
  2. Attain reversible multi-electron transfer in a cathode material using lithium.
  3. Understand performance limiting transport in positive electrode structures from the local through the meso to the macroscale.
  4. Enable new chemistries involving electrode systems that were previously considered intractable for use in batteries.
These goals will be achieved by dividing our research efforts into three closely connected and integrated thrusts: a theory effort is integrated into thrusts 1 and 2. 
Thrust 1: Intercalation Materials Chemistry. This thrust will identify the key parameters that are required to optimize intercalation reactions in the active material in the electrodes.
Thrust 2: Electrode Transport - Establishing the Local-Meso-Macro Scale Continuum. This thrust will establish a comprehensive understanding of the ionic and electronic transport in model electrode materials and establish a direct link to electrochemical performance through the correlation of physical phenomena in the increasingly complex hierarchy of a model battery electrode. 
Thrust 3: Cross-Cutting Diagnostics: Developing the characterization and diagnostic tools to investigate battery function. This thrust will involve the development of novel in- and ex-situ experimental approaches aimed at probing electrical energy storage (EES) materials at three levels: atom, single crystal/particle, and across the electrode hetero structure.



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This website is based on research funded primarily by the EFRC program of the US Department of Energy (DOE), under Award Number DE-SC0012583, with additional support provided by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), and New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of DoE, NYSTAR, or NYSERDA.


April 2017

NECCES E-Team Leader, Brian May, and Graduate Student, Mark Wolf's, research was mentioned in the Argonne National Laboratory Magazine. More.

NECCES Science Advisor, Dr. Clare  Grey,  has been awarded the new  ISSI "Mid-Career Award". More.

NECCES graduate student, Nicholas Quackenbush, won Distinguished Dissertation for the year 2016 at Binghamton University. More.

March 2017

The NECCES All Hands-on Meeting at Rutgers University was held on March 29-31, 2017.  More.

Ping-Chung Tsai  recently won the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST, Taiwan) Fellowship, 2015. More.

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang recently received the following awards. More.

Dr. Guangwen Zhou received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from Binghamton University. More.

Hanlei Zhang was awarded a Scholarship to attend the 2017 Winter School on High Resolution Electron Microscopy, Arizona State University. More.

Dr. Peter Chupas eceived the 2016 Stony Brook University’s 40 Under 40 Award for Science & Engineering. More.

Dr. Katsuyo Thornton received the Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award award from the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. More.

January 2017

Dr. Gerbrand Ceder, NECCES Science Adviser, won the International Battery Association (IBA) Research Award for his significant contribution to battery research and technology development. More

December 2016

NECCES Graduate student's, Linda Wangoh from Binghamton University, work on LiVOPO4 was featured in the Autumn 2016 edition of the EFRC Newsletter and in an ALS Brief. More

November 2016

Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, NECCES Director, is the recipient of the first ISSI Senior  Scientist Award, the highest honor given by the International  Society for Solid State Ionics (ISSI). More

October 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Shirley Meng, NECCES FIT 1.2 Leader, for receiving the Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society. More

September 2016

NECCES Associate Member, Dr. Alexej Jerschow, and Science Adviser, Dr. Clare P. Grey's, work was cited in a News Release by New York University, entitled: "Chemists Offer  Enhanced 3D Look Inside Batteries". More

August 2016

NECCES Science Adviser, Dr. Gerbrand Ceder, has been awarded  the 2016 Materials Theory Award from the Materials Research  Society. More

Thrust 3 Leader, Dr. Karena Chapman, has been named one of Chemical & Engineering New's Talented Twelve for her work with the high-energy X-Ray beamline at  Argonne National Laboratory. More

Last Updated: 4/18/17