Distinguished Lecture Series: Jean-Marie Tarascon — Materials for Better Li-based Storage Systems for a "Green Energy Society"
July 13, 2009
Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon
Li-ion batteries are strongly considered for powering the upcoming generations of HEVs and PHEVs, but there are still the issues of safety and costs in terms of materials resources and abundances, synthesis, and recycling processes. Notions of materials having minimum footprint in nature, made via eco-efficient processes, must be integrated in our new research towards the next generation of sustainable and "greener" Li-ion batteries.
This lecture will discuss Eco-efficient synthesis via hydrothermal/solvothermal processes using latent bases as well as structure directing templates or other bio-related approaches of LiFePO4 nanopowders. We will take a fresh look at the promising organic electrodes that are biodegradable, resource-abundant, and can be synthesized via "Green Chemistry" from natural organic sources. Results of research on sequentially Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) electrodes and Li-based organic electrodes (LixCyOz) electrodes will also be reported and discussed.