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. Meng received the innovation award from the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative in recognition of her research on batteries! Congrats!

Learn more details here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-congratulates-2022-clean-energy-education-empowerment-award-winners

LG-FRL Annual Review Meeting successfully concluded! Our new perspective on scaling up sulfide-based solid-state battery has been published in Joule and highlighted by UCSD!

Read more about the news: https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/setting-the-stage-for-solid-state-battery-success Read more about our perspective paper here: http://smeng.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/mmc2-1.pdf

Our latest work exploring the pressure effects on Li metal anode cycling has been published in Nature Energy!

This work studies the behavior of Li metal during deposition and dissolution when different uniaxial stacking pressures are present. Based on the experimental finding and computational results, we propose a key factor to enable facile Li metal anode cycling by building Li-reservoir. Learn more details at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00917-3

Our work on implementing Si anode in all solid-state battery is published in Science! Congrats Dr. Tan!

This new work offers a promising solution to the silicon anode problem by reducing the use of carbon material to mitigate the side reactions, and confining the volumetric change by external pressure. The findings from this study open up a new territory for all-solid-state battery field. Check out more details at: 10.1126/science.abg7217 See the highlights […]

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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