Lithium Ion batteries with Improved Safety

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Company Name: 
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Preferred Skills or Majors: 
Some lab experience, a good GPA
Closing Date: 
August 15, 2017
Desired Academic Year: 
Junior, Senior
Location or Campus: 
Tempe Campus
Hours Per Week: 

Project Description: 

Lithium ion batteries have emerged as the most popular energy storage system, but they pose safety issues under extreme temperatures or in the event of a thermal runaway partly due to polymer separators used to separate electrodes in the batteries. Lithium ion batteries with inorganic separators offer the advantage of safer operation. Our laboratory has pioneered a new method to prepare lithium ion batteries with thin inorganic separator. Currently a Ph.D. student is studying fundamentals of inorganic separator and electrolyte to improve the safety of lithium ion batteries. We are seeking an undergraduate student to work with the Ph.D. student to conduct experiments on various aspect of inorganic separators for lithium ion batteries. The work will include synthesis and characterization of thin inorganic films, assembly of lithium ion batteries, and testing the performance of the batteries. This would be a great opportunity for the undergraduate student to gain research experience and to make contribution to the importance are of lithium ion batteries for energy storage.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Please email resume and unofficial transcript to Professor Jerry Lin at