This Argonne National Laboratory photo shows a scientist describing work on ways to store more energy in batteries.

Next-Gen Batteries Could Ease Transportation Concerns

A May 3-4 symposium at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will discuss batteries that store more energy and are safer and more stable than today's lithium-ion batteries.

The government's concern about shipments of lithium batteries could be eased by a new generation of batteries that will be discussed during a May 3-4 symposium at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill. The symposium, "Research Opportunities in Electrochemical Energy Storage Beyond Lithium Ion: Computational Perspectives," will examine advanced battery technologies expected to yield batteries that store much more energy than today's lithium-ion batteries -- potentially as much as a tank of gasoline.

Scientists from industry, academia, and national laboratories will discuss the development of such batteries and how computational science and engineering will complement laboratory research to help to resolve current challenges and improve the safety and stability of advanced energy storage technologies that surpass lithium-ion batteries.

Symposium speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Khalil Amine, Argonne National Laboratory, "Advances in Safe, High-Energy Lithium Batteries"
  • Prof. John Newman, University of California, Berkeley, "Modeling Next-Generation Lithium Batteries"
  • Dr. Alan Gara, IBM Watson Research Laboratory, "Exascale Computing as an Opportunity for Predictive Battery Simulation"
  • Dr. Alessandro Curioni, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, "Fundamental Lithium-Air Cathode Reaction Mechanisms"
  • Dr. Jens Hummelshøj, TU-Denmark, "Oxygen Electrode Reactions in the Lithium-Air Battery"

Symposium information, an agenda, and registration are available at

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