IMS Members Receive NSF GOALI Grant

Drs. CBCarter_ADongare_ADobley, Yardney Division of EaglePicher
(left to right) Drs. C. Barry Carter (UConn), Avinash Dongare (UConn), and Arthur Dobley (Yardney Division of EaglePicher)

Drs. C Barry Carter (PI) and Avinash Dongare (co-PI) have been awarded an NSF GOALI grant for their collaboration with the Yardney Division of EaglePicher and co-PI Dr. Arthur Dobley. The project, Mechanisms of Lithiation and Delithiation Reactions in Layered Materials Combining Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atomic Scale Modeling, focuses on understanding how batteries work at the atomic level.

The NSF GOALI grant seeks to stimulate collaboration between academic research institutions and industry. Special interest is focused on affording opportunities for interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct collaborative research projects, in which the industry research participant provides critical research expertise, without which the likelihood for success of the project would be diminished; faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting; and industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academe.

“By working with engineers and chemists at the Yardney Division of EaglePicher, undergraduate and graduate students gain a broad practical understanding of batteries, while also developing the expertise and skills necessary to improve these batteries. In doing so, students need a combined understanding of ceramics, materials science, physics, chemistry and electrochemistry.” the researchers explain.

The project combines in situ experimentation in the transmission electron microscope with atomic scale modeling methods to improve our understanding of how lithium and sodium move into and out from layered materials (i.e. intercalation).

The grant of $440,402 will cover the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. For more information on the GOALI grant follow this link.