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Jones Seminar: Enabling Next-Generation High-Performing Sodium Batteries



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Spanos Auditorium/Online

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Meeting ID: 959 0781 0275
Passcode: 884541

The increasing energy demands of society today have led to pursue alternative energy storage systems that can fulfill rigorous requirements like cost-effectiveness and high storage capacities. Based fundamentally on earth-abundant sodium sources, sodium–based batteries are a promising solution in applications where existing lithium-ion technology remains less economically viable, particularly in large-scale stationary systems such as grid-level storage. Although simply replacing lithium with sodium in current lithium-ion batteries is not a viable solution due to deteriorating electron transfer in conventional intercalation cathodes, sodium is highly attractive when leveraging other battery chemistries due to its unique redox reactions. Emerging high-energy sodium batteries, such as sodium-sulfur batteries, present a series of fundamental materials challenges, hindering their widespread applications.

In this talk, I will present a series of versatile strategies to realize diverse high-energy sodium battery systems through multi-faceted tactical regulations of the electrode-electrolyte interface, electrode structural design, and electrolyte engineering.

About the Speaker(s)

Weiyang (Fiona) Li
Harris Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth

Fiona Li

Weiyang (Fiona) Li earned BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Nankai University, China, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Washington University, St. Louis. She then worked as a postdoc in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford. Her lab focuses on the development of rationally-designed functional materials with finely-tailored composition/architecture to tackle critical problems in diverse energy-related applications, especially in cost-effective and high-energy battery systems. She has published 90+ scholarly publications on high-impact peer-reviewed journals with 27,000+ citations with a high h-index of 61. Li has received numerous prestigious awards, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2022, NASA Early Career Faculty Award in 2018 and an Air Force Young Investigator Program Award in 2017.


For more information, contact Ashley Parker at ashley.l.parker@dartmouth.edu.