Berkeley Lab

New Electrode Materials


The Group is working to identify new electrode materials for higher-energy and higher-
power batteries of the future. Materials under consideration for anodes (the negative electrode) include non-carbonaceous materials such as silicon-based compounds. For cathodes, the current focus is on high-voltage spinels and layered materials

BMR – Electrode Materials

  • Advanced Cathode Research

    Studies on High Capacity Cathodes for Advanced Lithium‐ion Systems, Jagjit Nanda (ORNL) Development of High Energy Cathode Materials, Ji‐Guang Zhang (PNNL) Novel Cathode Materials and Processing Methods, Michael Thackeray (ANL) Exploiting Co and Ni Spinels in Structurally Integrated Composite Electrodes, Michael Thackeray (ANL) In Situ Solvothermal Synthesis of Novel High Capacity Cathodes, Feng Wang (BNL) Advanced Cathode […]
  • Si Anode Research

    Stable Operation of Silicon-based Anode for Li-ion Batteries, Ji-Guang Zhang (PNNL) and Prashant Kumta (U. Pittsburgh) High Capacity and Long Cycle-Life Silicon Carbon Composite Materials and Electrodes, Gao Liu (LBNL) Pre-lithiation of Silicon Anode for High-Energy Lithium-ion Batteries, Yi Cui (Stanford)

The Materials Project of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and MIT highlighted at the White House

On June 24, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy highlighted the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), a public-private endeavor launched by the President which aims to cut in half the time it takes to develop novel materials that can fuel advanced manufacturing and bolster the 21st century American economy.  The Materials Project – an open-access Google-like data base for materials research — was co-founded by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Project was recently awarded one of the DOE-funded MGI Centers to include several new partner institutions and broaden its scope.

The Materials Project relies on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Berkeley Lab to perform high-throughput calculations and determine state-of-the-art electronic structures, as well as use novel data-mining algorithms to predict surface, defect, electronic and finite temperature properties of tens of thousands of inorganic compounds.

The project is unique in its ambition to computationally determine the properties of all known inorganic compounds, deliver the data to the Materials community, and to enable improved materials and design. The Materials Project currently features over 30,000 materials in its data base and now has over 4,000 users from industry, government and academia. What used to require days or weeks of scouring journal articles or performing custom calculations can now be achieved at the click of a mouse.

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