Global climate change is the defining challenge of the 21st century. It is imperative that we continue to improve energy efficiency and ultimately move to a carbon-neutral energy cycle. Our research has two inter-related themes:
- to develop low-cost, long-life energy storage systems to enable both a renewable energy-powered electric grid and an electric vehicle-dominated transportation system.
- to engineer rechargeable batteries as an electrochemical-mechanical energy conversion device, i.e., as a high-energy actuator. These actuators can enable a broad range of applications in energy efficiency technologies and beyond.