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Nanomaterials for energy storage

Lecture Series on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Date:25.04.2017, 17:00 - 18:00
Speaker: Prof. Philippe Vereecken (Imec, Belgium)
Location: BIOTEC, seminar rooms E05/E06

Abstract: The lithium-ion battery (LiB) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Despite many promises and announcements of scientific breakthroughs, the pace of improvements in LiB cell performance remains slow. Nanomaterials and nano-architectures have indeed the potential to enhance the charging rate and energy density of the battery cell, but parasitic side reactions and material integrity issues hinder its practical implementation. In this lecture, we will explore the fundamental hurdles and challenges for the introduction of nanomaterials into cell technology. Also the next generation battery technology concepts and roadmaps will be discussed.

Philippe Vereecken is Principal Member of Technical Staff at imec and associate professor at the University of Leuven (KU-Leuven). He received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998. He then spent 7 years in the USA, first as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (1998-2001) and subsequently as a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY (2001-2005). Dr. Vereecken returned to Belgium in 2005 to join imec, working on catalytic growth and integration of nanowires and nanotubes for post-CMOS applications. In 2009, Dr. Vereecken started up the energy storage activities in imec. In 2010 he was appointed associate professor at the Centre of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Faculty of Bio Science Engineering, KU-Leuven. His scientific interests are found in the combination of (photo-) electrochemistry, nanomaterials and solid state devices. The main focus currently lays on the development of solid-state lithium ion batteries.Broadcasted from KU Leuven

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