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Battery science is the study of an electrochemical reaction that takes place in a battery cell when coupled to a device. Count Alessandro Volta first discovered this in 1799 when he created a battery of alternating disks of zinc and copper, with pieces of cardboard soaked in brine between the metals. The voltaic pile, as it was called, was the first battery to produce a reliable electrical current. Since the time of Volta, scientists have made great strides in improving Volta’s original design. Batteries are now made from a number of different materials, come in different shapes and sizes, and are ubiquitous in our everyday lives.

Today at Argonne, a multidisciplinary team of scientists are working on creating safer, higher-energy density lithium-ion batteries and are developing new technologies that move beyond lithium-ion batteries. This multidisciplinary team includes chemists, physicists, materials scientists, engineers, and computer scientists, all of whom are working toward the next generation of energy storage systems for mobile and stationary applications. Their research also covers all levels of development, from basic materials research to diagnostics to scale-up processes, and finally deployment by industry.


Science hooked me the day I saw the brilliant white light from the burning magnesium demo in high school chemistry. Working with numbers and retaining information...
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Daniel Abraham head shot 2From an early age I was interested in science and mathematics; this interest was nurtured by my mother through the elementary and high school years. My college journey began at the Indian Institute of Technology...
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Since childhood, I have always been curious about how things worked. This may explain why I always felt the need to take everything apart, even though I wasn’t able to put everything back together...
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