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Energy Seminar: Yi Cui: Pathways of Batteries Towards Sustainable Electric Transportation and Stationary Storage

Date and Time: 
February 12, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm

Free and open to all.

NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
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Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy


Increased demands of high energy density, long lasting batteries, low cost and safe batteries for applications in consumer electronics, electric vehicle and grid with renewable energy integration present great opportunities and challenges to the society. This seminar will review the status of existing battery technology and present the challenges, opportunities and promising pathways for the future. Novel battery chemistries and materials are key for revolutionary changes. Fundamental studies with the new tools will be discussed, which are critical for understanding of battery operation and failure. Recent technology breakthroughs will be highlighted for significantly higher energy density, lower cost, better safety and longer life. Lastly, the availability of resources and recycling of batteries will be discussed.

Speaker Biography:

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 is a fellow of Materials Research Society and a fellow of 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. He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published ~390 research papers, filed more than 40 patent applications and give ~330 plenary/keynote/invited talks. In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. His selected awards include Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), Inaugural Nano Energy Award (2014), Bau Family Awards in Inorganic Chemistry (2014), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), the Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004). He founded Amprius Inc. in 2008, a company to commercialize his high-energy battery technology. In 2015, he and Professor Steve Chu co-founded 4C Air Inc., to commercialize their invented breakthrough technology to remove particle pollutants from the air.