We explore radically new ideas with an entrepreneurial mindset.
To transform our energy sources to carbon neutrality, we need to power as much of modern society as possible with clean electricity. In doing so, electricity generated from solar and wind sources requires energy storage. To meet today’s tough demands, however, energy storage designs must do many things – store more energy, charge faster, be capable of mass production, decrease costs for the consumer, be safe and be made of materials that minimize harm to the environment. We can now address these issues not only through the overall battery chemistry, but also by observing the structure and operation of batteries at the nano – and even the atomic scale. In this talk, I will present some new ideas about the design of batteries – from electric vehicles to consumer power on the grid – and share my perspective on the path to the batteries of the future.
About Yi Cui
Yi Cui is the Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He is the Fortinet Founders Professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Energy Science and Engineering, and Professor of photon science at SLAC. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1998 and his PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 2002. He joined the Stanford faculty in 2005. By now, he has published 540 research papers in chemistry, materials science and energy science, earning him a #1 ranking in Thomson Reuter's “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 2020, and election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2022. He has founded six companies to commercialize technologies developed by his research group: Amprius, 4C Air, EEnotech, EnerVenue, LifeLabs Design and EnnoPure. Amprius, a leading high energy density battery company, was recently listed (AMPX) in the New York Stock Exchange.
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