ChBE Special Seminar: Next Generation Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, June 13, 2019
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kay Boardrooms 1107&1111 KEB
Chungsheng Wang

Speaker: George W. CrabtreeArgonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist/Distinguished Fellow, and Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)

Title: Next Generation Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities


Energy storage is at the center of transformative change in the electricity grid for greater reliability and resilience, and integration of renewable wind and solar electricity as primary power sources; in transportation with electric and autonomous personal cars, delivery vans and long-haul freight trucks; and in electric flight for air taxis, package delivery and short-haul passenger service. The variety of these emerging uses requires a diversity of next generation batteries purpose-designed for specific uses. Several novel use cases and the Incremental and disruptive battery technologies that satisfy them will be discussed.


George Crabtree, an Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, is the Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). As JCESR Director, Dr. Crabtree directs the overall strategy and goals of the research program and operational plan, acts as liaison to executives of JCESR partner organizations, and represents JCESR with external constituencies and advisory committees.

He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high-temperature superconductors. This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He won an R&100 Award for his pioneering development of magnetic flux imaging systems. 

Dr. Crabtree is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Charter Member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Crabtree has published more than 440 papers in leading scientific journals, collected more than 18,000 career citations, and has given more than 150 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include energy storage, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, superconductivity, and highly correlated electrons in metals.

He has led DOE workshops on next-generation energy storage, hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, and co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s applied energy programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy, meeting sustainable energy challenges and energy innovation Hubs. He earned his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Audience: Campus 


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