05.12.2019

Lithium-ion batteries – the future of energy storage


Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology AGH UST invites for a seminar that will be held on 5th December, 2019, at 2.00 pm.

A lecture titled “Lithium-ion batteries – the future of energy storage” will be given by professor Marcin Molenda (Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Chemistry).

Venue: Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology AGH UST (Kawiory 30 Street, building D-16, auditorium room 1.02A)

Abstract of the lecture

Lithium-ion batteries have been commercially available since the beginning of the 90s of the last centuries, however, the first lithium batteries were created already in the early 70s. The undoubted market success of lithium-ion batteries is due to the discoveries of three Professors: Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino – this year's Nobel laureates in chemistry. The integration of the results of their independent work allowed to solve the initial problems of technology and find the optimal solution, thanks to which today it is difficult to imagine our functioning without lithium-ion batteries. Without a doubt, we are already addicted to energy storage. The success of lithium-ion batteries is due to their versatility – it is thanks to the appropriate cell configuration we can adjust the capacity, voltage and power for a given application, from a smartphone through an electric vehicle, to large energy storage systems for renewable energy and for grid balancing. However, such a variety of applications has a common denominator – it is the chemistry of materials used in the cell. The chemistry of materials in lithium-ion cell determines the performance parameters, durability, safety and... price. The awarding of the Nobel Prize for the invention of lithium-ion batteries confirms that this technology is already revolutionizing our lives, increasing our mobility, and in the future will improve energy efficiency and contribute to reducing emissions due to the extensive use of renewable energy sources.