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Energy and the Environment
This course covers the physical principles and limitations of renewable energy resource utilization and the fundamentals of energy conversion. It provides a quantitative introduction to electricity generation from fossil, nuclear and renewable resources, e.g., solar, wind and hydroelectricity. It also introduces important energy storage technologies, e.g., batteries and hydrogen. The impact of various energy technologies on the global climate and environment will be discussed. Students should develop a general understanding of the global energy demand, conventional methods of electricity production, our rate of fossil fuel resource utilization, renewable energy sources and the need for energy conversion and storage. They should learn the fundamental physical laws governing energy conversion and storage as well as be able to perform quantitative analyzes of energy resources.
Advances in Battery, Fuel Cell and Supercapacitor Materials
This course will present the cutting-edge advances in the materials used in energy storage systems, such as batteries (particularly Li-ion batteries), fuel cells and supercapacitors. Discussions will include component materials (electrodes, electrolytes, separator) and full devices. Students should develop an in-depth understanding of battery technology at the graduate level. We discuss the latest developments in the field with an emphasis on advanced batteries. This course is meant to prepare students for graduate work in batteries and/or a career in the battery industry
Electrolytes and Interphases in Batteries
Electrolytes are indispensable components in batteries as they determine how high the voltage of a battery is, how many times it can be charged/discharged, or how rapidly the energy stored therein can be released. The technical challenges around safety, lifetime, and cost-effectiveness of lithium-based or beyond-lithium batteries require in-depth understanding of electrolytes and interphases. This course will establish the fundamental principles for electrolyte science, before moving on to important knowledge acquired in recent years. There will be special emphasis on linking these fundamentals to real-world problems encountered in lithium-ion batteries. This course will be suitable for graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering, interested in electrochemical energy storage and preparing them for graduate work in batteries and/or a career in the battery industry.
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