Long-term research addresses the chemical instabilities that impede the development of advanced batteries. Researchers focus on synthesizing components into battery cells and determining failure modes, while maintaining strengths in materials synthesis and evaluation, advanced diagnostics, and improved electrochemical model development. Goals include developing a better understanding of why systems fail, creating models that predict system failure and permit system optimization, and investigating new and promising materials. The work concentrates on six research areas:
- Advanced cell chemistry,
- Non-carbonaceous anodes,
- New electrolytes,
- Novel cathode materials,
- Advanced diagnostics and analytical methods, and
- Phenomenological modeling.
Detailed annual and quarterly reports are available from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies activity.