UCSD's SPEC Center Joins DOE Consortium to Revolutionize Electric Car Battery Performance

As part of the Battery500 consortium, teams led by Nano Profs Dr. Ping Liu and Dr. Shirley Meng will aim to increase the capacity of future-generation electric cars in two ways: by redesigning batteries to prevent undesired side reactions that weaken performance, and by developing materials on a molecular and atomic level that can store more energy. These efforts are part of the Battery500 goal of developing a significantly smaller, lighter weight, less expensive battery pack that offers more output than current batteries. The UCSD groups are part of a larger, nationwide team being led by the Pacific Northwest National Labs; it is expected to bring $3 million in research funding to UCSD over the next 5 years.