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Apr 19 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for NASA Advanced Battery Energy Storage Systems Development

MIE Department Seminar

April 19, 2016

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


1043 ERF


Chicago, IL 60607

Challenges and Opportunities for NASA Advanced Battery Energy Storage Systems Development


James J. Wu, PhD.
Photovoltaic and Electrochemical Systems Branch, Power Division, NASA Glenn Research Center

Abstract: Batteries provide a versatile, reliable, safe and portable energy sources, and they are important electric energy storage options for NASA space missions. Advancements in lithium-based and other battery chemistries are required to support the broad range of NASA missions: science, human exploration and aeronautics. However, NASA’s future missions demand advanced batteries with higher energy density, smaller volume, lighter weight and safer operation. Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) reach the specific energy capacity limits (400 Wh/kg. In this presentation, the advanced materials development to improve state-of-the-art LIB and some advanced batteries chemistry of beyond lithium-ion battery (LIB) will be discussed. The opportunities for universities and industries to participate, collaborate and contribute to reaching NASA’s energy goals will also be discussed. In addition, the research activities and facilities at NASA Glenn Research Center will be presented and the potential collaboration opportunities will be explored.


Bio: Dr. James J. Wu earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University at New Brunswick, NJ. He holds another Master’s degree in Electrochemistry, and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Wu possesses postdoctoral experience and around twenty years of industrial and government R&D experience. Dr. Wu has a varied experience base with the research and development of catalysts, advanced energy storage materials and electrochemical systems, having held positions in industry with various battery development companies that include:Scientist with Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Senior Electrochemical Engineer with PowerGenix, and Staff Technology Engineer with Eveready Battery Company. He possesses a wide range of technical skills that address various aspects of fundamental electrochemical system concepts. Dr. Wu is now a research scientist/engineer at NASA Glenn Research center, working on the development of advanced energy storage materials for Li-ion, Li metal-based battery chemistries and supercapacitors as well as other advanced energy storage systems. Dr. Wu served as anode leader of NASA Advanced Space Power System projects and the principal investigator of multiple NASA Center Innovative Fund awards.


Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Date posted

Oct 14, 2021

Date updated

Oct 14, 2021