Welcome to LESC !

The goal of the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), at the University of California San Diego Nanoengineering department, is to design and develop new functional nano-materials and nano-structures for advanced energy storage and conversion applications. Conversion of raw materials into usable energy and storage of the energy produced are common aspects of everyday life. The development of new materials to improve upon current capabilities is a key technological challenge of the 21st century. Advances will allow smaller more powerful batteries and will provide a greater ability to harness more sustainable energy sources. Our research focuses on the direct integration of novel experimental techniques with ab initio computation methods for rational materials characterization and design.

Our paper in Matter is featured as January’s cover article

Matter journal featuring our work: https://twitter.com/Matter_CP/status/1346858431513321472?s=03 Check out more details of the work: http://smeng.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/PIIS2590238520305804.pdf

Our new work on flexible screen-printed rechargeable Zn-AgO battery is published in Joule and highlighted by UC San Diego News

Learn more details about our work: http://smeng.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/Zn-AgO-combined.pdf Check the news here: https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/flexiblebatteries

Congratulations to Dr. Y. Shirley Meng for being named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 by Clarivate

Recognizing the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™. Of the world’s scientists and social scientists, Clarivate™ Highly Cited Researchers truly are one in 1,000. Clarivate recently released […]

Congratulations to the successful IMDD Launch Celebration!

Institute for Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) aims for discovering and designing materials that humanity need to fight against the global challenges. Check out this great event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvNDz6PX0Zc&feature=emb_title More details about IMDD: https://imdd.ucsd.edu/

A Printed AgO-Zn Rechargeable Battery For Flexible Electronics

Researchers from UC San Diego and ZPower have developed a flexible, rechargeable AgO-Zn battery with greater areal energy density, which can fabricated by screen printing under normal lab conditions.

More scientific and technical details at: https://www.cell.com/joule/pdf/S2542-..

Launch Celebration of the Institute for Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) at UC San Diego

This video covers a keynote address by Nobel Laureate Stanly Whittingham, talks from IMDD faculty members and an overview from IMDD director Shirley Meng. Find more details about IMDD: https://imdd.ucsd.edu/

Credit to JacobsSchoolNews team!

N95 Masks Reuseability - A material scientist's perspective

A short sharing of a material scientist’s perspective on reusing N95 masks after disinfection treatments

Credit to Dr. Y. Shirley Meng, Darren T.S. Tan, Dr. Chengcheng Fang, Diyi Cheng

Battery innovations to energise Earth’s low-carbon future - Efforts at LESC and SPEC center

New vision for MRS Energy & Sustainability from Shirley
as Editor-in-chief

Y. Shirley Meng, Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability, discusses her vision for the journal.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcgxr2fmb3M&feature=youtu.be

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Solid State Batteries & The Future Of Energy Storage

Introduction and Advances of SOLID STATE LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES!

Credit to solid-state team in LESC:

Erik Wu, Dr. Han Nguyen, Jerry Yang, Dr. Jean-Marie Doux, Dr. Abhik Banerjee, Darren H.S. Tan and Sabrina Richardson

Batteries of the future made
with salt

LESC’s efforts to clear hurdles for the development of sodium-based rechargeable batteries.

Produced by Kate Tobin from Science Nation

Power to the Batteries - New center promises better batteries for low-carbon future

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