Batteries are an essential technology in society and are used in applications varying from portable electronics to grid storage. Battery research ranges from novel electrode materials design to grid size applications which has lead to a high demand of research spanning multiple fields. Batteries are vital for achieving a more sustainable future and can be for used in electronic vehicles, storing excess energy from wind and solar, along with many other applications. This field poses problems that require solutions ranging from engineering scalable system all the way to atomic scale understanding of electronic phenomena.
In the Vojvodic Lab, battery research is focused on understanding the multiple interfaces, such as cathode-electrolyte and anode-electrolyte, of batteries at the atomic level . Research at various time and length scales is vital for finding batteries for practical, real world applications Using first principle techniques, the electrode-electrolyte interfaces can be studied to give a fundamental understanding of a vital component of batteries. An atomic scale understanding of the unique properties of commonly batteries materials can lead to better battery design and material selection. Ongoing work in the lab focus on ways to improve Li ion batteries in systems with liquid electrolytes and solid electrolytes.