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nanoHUB-U: Introduction to the Materials Science of Rechargeable Batteries

A five-week course distilling the essentials of the materials science of rechargeable batteries.


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Introduction to the Materials Science of Rechargeable Batteries – Associate Professor R. Edwin Garcia

A self-paced course brought to you by nanoHUB-U.

This five-week short course aims to introduce students to the materials science of rechargeable batteries using a unique, “bottom up” approach.


Scientific Overview Video

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Course Objectives

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals behind the equilibrium and time-dependent response of existing and emerging chemistries of Li-ion battery materials. Effects of material selection and processing on the performance and reliability are presented as a means to develop conceptual guidelines to understand and improve battery designs. Example applications such as intercalation, SEI, and dendrite growth are presented. Integration of experimental microstructural aspects to coarse-graining measured properties, such as porosity, tortuosity and its associated reactivity, and classic and emerging battery architectures are presented. Principles summarizing the response of battery architectures are formulated and applied to propose battery design guidelines, to review existing porous electrode theory descriptions, and to summarize the current state-of-the-art of battery technology and its associated metrology.

Course Outline

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Week 1: Basic Concepts, Fundamentals, and Definitions

Week 2: Thermodynamics of Battery Materials

Week 3: Tortuosity and Porosity in Battery Materials

Week 4: Reversible and Irreversible Interfacial Reactions

Week 5: Battery Architectures and Design Guidelines

Who Should Take the Course/Prerequisites

Junior, Seniors, and Graduate Students with an interest in developing an understanding of fundamental materials science concepts associated to battery materials.

Course Resources

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  • Prerecorded video lectures distilling the essential concepts of the material science of batteries into a concise, five-week module.
  • Homework exercises with solutions and homework tutorials.
  • Two exams.
  • An online forum, hosted by nanoHUB. Students enrolled in the course will be able to interact with one another.

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