What limits lithium batteries?

  • Date:
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Polhemsalen
  • Lecturer: Dr Matthew Lacey
  • Organiser: Structural Chemistry
  • Contact person: Matthew Lacey
  • Docentföreläsning

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström hereby invite all interested to a docent lecture in subject chemistry with specialization in materials chemistry.

Electrochemical batteries have been an important enabling technology for communication, transport, and chemistry itself, since their inception in the early 19th century. Modern lithium-ion batteries now carry on this tradition on an enormous scale, powering some of the most significant technological shifts in society today. However, the development of battery technology itself always seems to lag the development of the technology it powers, as research and development efforts try to balance diverse and often conflicting demands: energy, power, lifetime, cost, safety, and so forth. As a result, it is easy both to underestimate the remarkable development and present capabilities of these devices, and overestimate the effort required to improve them further.

In this lecture, we will look at the basic chemistry and electrochemistry of lithium-ion batteries, what limitations they put on today’s batteries, how we develop our understanding of them, and what realistic possibilities we have for the future.

The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture will last for 45 minutes and afterwards the audience may ask questions. The lecture will be given in English.