IAS Distinguished Lecture

Toward Mass Electrification of Vehicles - Role and Technologies Supported by Government and Industry Partnership


To meet the high-energy requirement of 40-miles electric drive Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (P-HEVs), long-range electric vehicle (EV) and smart grid, as well as to expand mass electrification of vehicles in the market, it is necessary to develop very high energy density battery at low cost. To address this major barrier, governments across industrial countries, such as USA, China, Japan, and Europe are investing large amount of effort and fund to support their local industries to promote electric vehicle development. In this talk, the speaker will summarize the different programs and activities of these governments who wish to become the leader in the electrification process. He will also describe the different battery technologies funded by these governments that aim to increase battery energy and to lower the cost, such as advanced lithium ion batteries, solid state batteries, sodium ion batteries, and beyond lithium ion batteries including sulfur and lithium air system.


About the speaker

Dr. Khalil Amine obtained his MA in Chemistry in 1986 and PhD in Materials Science in 1989 from the University of Bordeaux in France. 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 a Senior Materials Scientist and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow at Argonne. Since June 2015, he has become the Deputy Director of the Clean Vehicles Consortium in the US-China Clean Energy Research Center.

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), satellite, military and medical applications at Argonne. He is an advisor to the US National Research Council 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 Nano-Energy.

Dr. Amine is a five-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award, which is considered as “the Oscar for technology and innovation”. From 1998 to 2008, he was the most cited scientist globally in the field of battery technology. He was given the US Department of Energy Outstanding Scientist Award (2013), the ECS Battery Technology Award (2010) and the International Battery Association Award (2010). A prolific researcher, he is responsible for more than 400 publications in addition to over 160 patents.



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