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From Material Design To Device: Structural And Thermodynamic Considerations For Solid-Phase Lithium-Ion Electrolytes, Brian E. Francisco Jan 2014

From Material Design To Device: Structural And Thermodynamic Considerations For Solid-Phase Lithium-Ion Electrolytes, Brian E. Francisco

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Too often, we check the battery status of our favorite gadget and wonder: "Is it going to make it?" At some point in the not-so-distant future, I believe we will not have to ask this question. Until then, it is the incremental movement of the boundaries of our understandings of energy storage sciences that bring us closer to the next breakthrough technology.

In this thesis, we investigate a material which may one day play a key role in enabling fast-charging, long-lasting energy storage devices: the solid-state electrolyte. While this material has begun to replace liquid electrolytes in batteries, we envisioned ...