We explore novel materials and devices for advanced energy storage, such as solid state batteries, flexible batteries, and safe liquid electrolytes. Our group studies both fundamental structure-property correlations in energy storage, and develops new materials and devices for high-performance, low-cost, safe batteries. Our studies in the battery field have also impacted other disciplines by generating unexpected results. For example, porous P(VdF-HFP), a widely used polymer for preparing gel electrolyte, produce paint that actively cools buildings by reflecting sunlight for green urban building applications.
Research areas at CEEC: Batteries for electric vehicles, grid-level storage, clean urban building