Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion 

Welcome to LESC !

The goal of the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, is to design and develop new functional nano-materials and nano-structures for advanced energy storage and conversion applications. Conversion of raw materials into usable energy and storage of the energy produced are common aspects of everyday life. The development of new materials to improve upon current capabilities is a key technological challenge of the 21st century. Advances will allow smaller more powerful batteries and will provide a greater ability to harness more sustainable energy sources. Our research focuses on the direct integration of novel experimental techniques with ab initio computation methods for rational materials characterization and design.

Recent News

A Printed AgO-Zn Rechargeable Battery For Flexible Electronics

Researchers from UC San Diego and ZPower have developed a flexible, rechargeable AgO-Zn battery with greater areal energy density, which can fabricated by screen printing under normal lab conditions.

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Launch Celebration Of The Institute For Materials Discovery And Design (IMDD) At UC San Diego

This video covers a keynote address by Nobel Laureate Stanly Whittingham, talks from IMDD faculty members and an overview from IMDD director Shirley Meng. Find more details about IMDD:

Credit to JacobsSchoolNews team!

N95 Masks Reuseability – A Material Scientist’s Perspective

A short sharing of a material scientist’s perspective on reusing N95 masks after disinfection treatments

Credit to Dr. Y. Shirley Meng, Darren T.S. Tan, Dr. Chengcheng Fang, Diyi Cheng

Battery Innovations To Energise Earth’s Low-Carbon Future – Efforts At LESC And SPEC Center

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New Vision For MRS Energy & Sustainability From Shirley As Editor-In-Chief

Y. Shirley Meng, Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability, discusses her vision for the journal.

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Solid State Batteries & The Future Of Energy Storage

Introduction and Advances of SOLID STATE LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES!

Credit to solid-state team in LESC:

Erik Wu, Dr. Han Nguyen, Jerry Yang, Dr. Jean-Marie Doux, Dr. Abhik Banerjee, Darren H.S. Tan and Sabrina Richardson

Batteries Of The Future Made With Salt

LESC’s efforts to clear hurdles for the development of sodium-based rechargeable batteries.

Produced by Kate Tobin from Science Nation

Power To The Batteries – New Center Promises Better Batteries For Low Carbon Future

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