IAS Distinguished Lecture

Advanced Energy Storage Systems for Enabling Electrification of Vehicles


To meet the high-energy requirement that can enable the 40-mile electric drive Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEVs), long range electric vehicle (EV) and smart grid, it is necessary to develop very high energy and high power cathodes and anodes that, when combined in a battery system, must offer 5,000 charge-depleting cycles, 15 calendar years' life as well as excellent abuse tolerance. These challenging requirements make it difficult for conventional battery systems to be adopted in PHEVs and EVs. In this lecture, the speaker will address why electrification is a must going forward, describe the market and business opportunity for electric vehicles, and the role of government in helping with expending electrification. He will also describe key technologies within the lithium ion battery that have the potential of enabling both PHEV and EV’s. After a brief description of lithium ion battery concept, he will disclose several strategies to increase significantly the energy density of lithium battery through the development of novel functional materials and high voltage electrolytes. He will also describe some new approaches to improve the cycle life and safety of lithium batteries by significantly stabilizing the interfaces between electrodes and electrolyte during battery operation and abuse.

About the speaker

Dr. Khalil Amine obtained his MA in Chemistry and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Bordeaux in France in 1986 and 1989 respectively. Prior to joining the Argonne National Laboratory in 1998, he led research projects in the research arms of public and private organizations and universities, including the Japan Storage Battery Company, the Osaka National Research Institute, and Kyoto University. He is currently an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the Director of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Program at Argonne. Since June 2015, he has become the Director of the Clean Vehicles Consortium in the US-China Clean Energy Research Center. He is also the Senior Visiting Fellow of HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study.

Dr. Amine is responsible for directing the research and development of advanced materials and battery systems for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV), and satellite, military and medical applications at Argonne. He is an advisor to the US National Research Consul on battery related technologies and an active member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the Material Research Society and the American Ceramic Society. He also serves as the Chair of the 16th International Meeting of Lithium Batteries (IMLB) and the Editor of the journal, Nano-Energy.

Dr. Amine is a five-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award, which is considered as the Oscar of technology and innovation. From 1998 to 2008, he was the most cited scientist in the world in the field of battery technology. He was recently awarded the ECS Battery Technology Award and the International Battery Association Award. He holds or has filed over 167 patents and patent applications and has over 407 publications.

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