Better ways to store energy are critical to becoming more energy efficient.  One of the keys to advances in energy storage lies in both finding novel materials and in understanding how current and new materials function.  The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) is an effort being led by Binghamton University, and includes as partners Rutgers University , Argonne National Laboratory,  Cambridge University, MIT, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at San Diego. The Center supports basic research in the design of the next generation of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs), which requires both the development of new chemistries and the fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical processes that occur in these complex systems.
The mission of the Center is to develop an understanding of how key electrode reactions occur, and how they can be controlled to improve electrochemical performance, from the atomistic level to the macroscopic level through the life-time of the operating battery. Three thrust areas have been established in order to achieve the Center's goals: intercalation materials, transport in mesoscale systems and one cross-cutting on characterization.
                                         RESEARCH PLAN
The processes that occur in batteries are complex, spanning a wide range of time and length scale. The team of experimentalists and theorists will make the use of, and develop new methodologies to determine how model compound electrodes function in real time, as batteries are cycled.
The Four-year Goals of the Center are: 
  1. Close the gap between the theoretical and practical energy density for intercalation compounds. 
  2. Attain reversible multi-electron transfer in a cathode material using lithium.
  3. Understand performance limiting transport in positive electrode structures from the local through the meso to the macroscale.
  4. Enable new chemistries involving electrode systems that were previously considered intractable for use in batteries.
These goals will be achieved by dividing our research efforts into three closely connected and integrated thrusts: a theory effort is integrated into thrusts 1 and 2. 
Thrust 1: Intercalation Materials Chemistry. This thrust will identify the key parameters that are required to optimize intercalation reactions in the active material in the electrodes.
Thrust 2: Electrode Transport - Establishing the Local-Meso-Macro Scale Continuum. This thrust will establish a comprehensive understanding of the ionic and electronic transport in model electrode materials and establish a direct link to electrochemical performance through the correlation of physical phenomena in the increasingly complex hierarchy of a model battery electrode. 
Thrust 3: Cross-Cutting Diagnostics: Developing the characterization and diagnostic tools to investigate battery function. This thrust will involve the development of novel in- and ex-situ experimental approaches aimed at probing electrical energy storage (EES) materials at three levels: atom, single crystal/particle, and across the electrode hetero structure.



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August 2016

Thrust 3 Leader, Dr. Karena Chapman, has been named one of Chemical & Engineering New's Talented Twelve for her work with the high-energy X-Ray beamline at  Argonne National Laboratory. More

July 2016

Shawn Sallis,  graduate student for NECCES, has been  awarded the  Advanced Light Source (ALS) Doctoral  Fellowship in Residence for the second year in a row. More

NECCES Director, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, and Co-PI, Dr. Y. Shirley Meng, are part of the winning team for the Department of Energy Battery500 program to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. More

June 2016

NECCES held its annual All-Hands on Meeting at Binghamton University on June 29-30, 2016. More

May 2016

Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, Director, creates a video about the Li-Ion Industry and Li-Ion supply chain. More

March 2016

NECCES graduate student, Nicholas Quackenbush, won a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Award through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). More

New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) has again reelected NECCES Director, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham to the Board of Directors and named him the the Vice Chair of Academia on their Consortium Board. More

January 2016

The Annual NECCES Winter All-Hands-On Meeting was held at the Rutgers University Inn in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 13-14 . More

December 2015

Dr. Katsuyo Thornton, NECCES Senior Personnel, is the 2015 winner of the TMS MPMD Distinguished Service Award and the 2015 winner of the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching. More 

Dr. Gerbrand Ceder, NECCES Science Adviser, was quoted for his work with Lithium-Ion Batteries in The Economists, entitled: Nanoparticles: To the Heart of the Matter. More

NECCES Science Adviser, Dr. Gerbrand Ceder, was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts and has  been named the 2016 Recipient of the Morris Cohen Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). More

NECCES FIT Leader, Dr. Shirley Meng's, work in developing better lithium-ion batteries has been featured in KPBS, in the San Diego Business Journal, and in Business Wire- A Berkshire Hathaway Company. More

NECCES Graduate Student, Shawn Sallis, has been featured in the Binghamton Research Magazine, Discover-E, about his work on Lithium Ion Batteries. More

Director Whittingham gives a talk on Science Studio about why lithium batteries are so efficient, and why they are sometimes subject to rupture, overheat or even explode. More

Director, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham, took part in the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Podcast- Critical Issues in Renewable Energy at the 228th ECS Meeting. More

November 2015

Director, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham has won the Technology Innovation Leader of the Year Award from the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S³IP) at Binghamton University. More

September 2015

NECCES Director, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham has been predicted to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry by Thomas Reuters Citation Laureates for his pioneering research leading to the development of the lithium-ion battery. More

August 2015

The NECCES Annual Hands-On Meeting took place at Binghamton University from August 24-25, 2015. Each member of NECCES was present to collaborate and discuss the progress of their work. More

Shawn Sallis, a graduate student for NECCES, has been awarded the Advanced Light Source (ALS) Doctoral Fellowship in Residence. More

June 2015

A press release from Argonne National Laboratory features Dr. Shirley Meng's, NECCES Senior Personnel, work entitled: X-ray Imaging Reveals Secrets in Battery Materials. More

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang's, NECCES Senior Personnel, start-up company, 24M, is working on a new type of lithium-ion battery that it says is vastly cheaper than what's currently on the market. More

Last Updated: 8/22/16