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.

Dr. Y Shirley Meng is featured in Research Interfaces article – “10 lithium-ion battery researchers to watch”

Read the story here: https://researchinterfaces.com/10-lithium-ion-battery-researchers-to-watch/?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

LESC and SPEC center is featured in South China Morning Post article!

Check out the article here: https://www.scmp.com/presented/tech/topics/asia-2030/article/3080045/how-innovators-university-california-san-diego Check out the masterpiece video about LESC and SPEC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RrAKW3Y-5I&amp=&feature=youtu.be

Dr. Y. Shirley Meng is awarded Faraday Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Group in 2020! Congrats!

Shirley will deliver the Faraday Medal lecture at Electrochem 2020 in Nottingham. See more details at: https://twitter.com/RSCElectrochem/status/1245753528662085632?s=09

Our review paper on pathways for commercializing all-solid-state batteries is published in Nature Nanotechnology and featured by UC San Diego News Center! Congrats!

Learn more about our work: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41565-020-0657-x Learn more about the exciting news: https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/pathways-toward-realizing-the-promise-of-all-solid-state-batteries

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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