The National Science Foundation designated upstate New York as one of 10 inaugural NSF Regional Innovation Engines.

Binghamton University Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham was named the joint winner of the $3 million 2023 VinFuture Grand Prize in recognition of his contributions to the invention of lithium-ion batteries. 


The federal government designated the New Energy New York (NENY) project led by Binghamton University a hub for battery innovation.

Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham joined U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer in the nation’s capitol on Feb. 7 for U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.


Binghamton University’s New Energy New York project will receive more than $113 million to establish a hub for battery technology innovation in upstate New York. The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced in September that the region would receive $63.7 million; the State of New York will support the project with an additional $50 million.


NECCES Director M. Stanley Whittingham received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry!

Congratulations to Carrie Siu, Ieuan Seymour, Jatin Rana and Yuhchieh Lin, the winners of DOE EFRC 10 at 10 Scientific Ideas Contest!

Carrie Siu, Ieuan Seymour, Jatin Rana and Yuhchieh Lin


The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) received $3M from the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Center program to continue its research for two more years. The NECCES team will use the funding to make energy-storage materials work better and to develop new materials that are cheaper, environmentally friendly, and able to store more energy than current materials can. Full Story

Shirley Meng is the winner of the American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award for 2018. Meng's research focuses on the direct integration of advanced characterization techniques with first principles computation modeling for developing new materials and their architectures for the next generation of electrochemical energy storage systems. Full Story

Shirley Meng is a 2018 Blavatnik National Award Finalist for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering. This is the world's largest unrestricted prizes to early career scientists. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of many leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. For more information, please click

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Shirley Meng has been selected to receive the 2018 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award. She will be recognized for her award at the Fall ACS Meeting in Boston, Mass., as part of the Colloid Division (COLL) program. 

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NECCES research appears in the first article, titled "Catching a Battery in the Act: Lithium-ion battery operation revealed in real time by scientists at NECCES" of the Frontiers in Energy Research. This article will be featured on the DOE Office of Science Twitter feed on April 2. This article was written by graduate student, Zachary Lebens-Higgins, of Louis Piper's group. 

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Jordi Cabana (University of Illinois at Chicago) of NECCES  in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab developed a new technique, X-ray ptychographic tomography, that lets them pin point the location of chemical reactions happening inside the lithium-ion battery in three dimensions at the nanoscale level. Their results are published in the journal of Nature Communications and as a highlight on the DOE Office of Science webpage .
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