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    "Energy Storage in Chicagoland: JCESR's New Paradigm for Battery R&D...and More!" - Dr. George Crabtree + 3 Other Panelists; Poster Session; Argonne Tour; Awards Meeting

    June 19, 2014
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Bolingbrook Golf Club
    2001 Rodeo Dr.
    Bolingbrook, IL 60490

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    The Chicago Section ACS has an action-packed program with a scientific focus on battery research at Argonne's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The main event is a panel discussion led by JCESR Director Dr. George Crabtree, and is followed by Argonne battery researchers Dr. Karena Chapman and Dr. Lynn Trahey. The talks will be capped by Mil Ovan, CMO at Navitas - a corporate partner that develops Argonne's exciting scientific discoveries into real-world commercial products. Our poster session will showcase battery and other clean energy research at universities and startup enterprises from greater Chicagoland. Entrepreneurs and investors are welcome.

    This will also be our Awards meeting, where we will proudly present our long-serving board member Frank Jarzembowski with the Distinguished Service Award, and give our 50- and 60-year members their Service awards. Our Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) will also be organizing tours of the Argonne facilities for everyone interested (not just the younger members. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED)(Sorry, the tour is now sold out!).

    • 3:00 - 5:00 Tours of Argonne with the YCC (SOLD OUT! - just the tour, not the meeting)
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    • 5:00 - 6:30 Social Hour with cash bar and Poster Session
    • 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner (see MENU below)
    • 7:30 -          General Meeting   
      • Dr. Josh Kurutz, Chicago ACS Chair: Welcome
      • Susan Shih, Distinguished Service Award comittee chair: Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Frank Jarzembowski
      • Presentation of Awards to 50- and 60-year Members
      • Dr. Crabtree: "JCESR’s New Paradigm for Battery R&D" - One Year Later" (~30 min)
      • Dr. Chapman"Solvation Structure of Battery Electrolytes from High-energy Hard X-rays" (~10 min)
      • Dr. Trahey"In Situ Imaging of Battery Materials at APS". (~10 min)
      • Mr. Ovan: "Partnering With Argonne to Develop Tomorrow's Commercial Batteries". (~10 min)

    ABSTRACT (Dr. Crabtree)

    The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) develops transformational concepts and technologies for portable electricity storage for transportation and stationary electric storage for the electricity grid.   JCESR looks beyond today’s Li-ion technology to innovative next generation energy storage materials and phenomena to achieve factors of five higher performance and lower cost.   These aggressive targets are essential to enable next generation energy technologies such as wide deployment of electric vehicles, integration of wind and solar generation on the grid, and designer microgrids tailored to serve local needs. jcesr

    JCESR will leave three legacies:

    1. a library of fundamental science of the materials and phenomena of energy storage at atomic and molecular levels,
    2. transformational prototypes at the research and proof-of-concept stages for transportation and the grid, and
    3. a new paradigm for battery research that integrates discovery science, battery design, research prototyping and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization.  

    JCESR’s new paradigm will significantly accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and shorten the time from conception to commercialization for next generation batteries.

    JCESR’s research progress and future directions will be highlighted.

    ABSTRACT (Dr. Chapman)
    My talk will describe our recent efforts to evaluate ion solvation in electrolytes being developed for high capacity energy storage technologies, beyond Li-ion batteries.  In batteries, solvation of the working ion in an electrolyte mediates critical phenomena including ion mobility, chemical reactions, solubility and ion transfer to electrodes. We use pair distribution function (PDF) methods to recover atomic scale structural information as the distribution of all atom-atom distances within the whole system and have developed a new analytical approach to separate the contributions from cation and anion solvation.

    ABSTRACT (Dr. Trahey)
    Adoption of the next generation of anode and cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries is hindered due to both chemical and physical degradation of the materials during long term battery cycling. This talk will highlight the ways that advanced imaging techniques utilizing hard X-rays are providing clearer “pictures” of the complex underlying degradation processes.


    • C. Liu, J. Shamie et al. (IIT): High Voltage, High Capacity, Ambient Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries
    • L. Chen. et al. (IIT): Fully Encapsulated Li2S Cathodes for Lithium Sulfur Battery
    • M. Ashuri, Q. He et al. (IIT): Synthesis of Carbon Encapsulated Hollow Si Spheres for Li-ion Battery Anodes
    • C. Wang et al. (IIT): Na3MnCO3PO4 – A Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Cathode Material for Sodium Ion Batteries
    • M. Sawicki et al. (IIT): Processing Effects on Sodium-Ion Batteries with NaCrO2 Cathodes
    • B. Eckstein, C. Song et al. (Northwestern):  Conjugated Polymer Energy Level Shifts in Lithium Ion Battery Electrolytes 
    • J. Incorvati, L Fuoco et al (Northwestern):  Oxide Fluoride Cathods for High Voltage Specialty Batteries
    • D. Ergolu et al. (Argonne): Quantifying the Promise of Lithium-Air Batteries for Electric Vehicles (note: this exciting research is a hydrid of physical science and economics) 
    • B. Key (Argonne): Solution Based Synthesis and Characterizaiton of Lithium-ion Conducting Ceramics for Litium Metal Batteries
    • R. Klie et al. (UIC): Direct Observation of a Li-Based Cathode Material During Electron Irradiation
    • J. Cabana et al. (UIC): Materials With th Spinel Structure as Electrodes in Various Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies
    • L Reed, R. Menke et al (Agilent Technologies, UC Merced): TBA (Diffusion NMR on Li electrolytes)
    • M. Weston (NuMat Technologies - clean energy gas storage):  informational table
    • J. Lau & T. Yu (SiNode): informational table
    • M. Usrey (Silatronix  Madison, WI): Organosilicon-based Electrolytes With Enhanced Thermal and Electrochemical Stability to Enable High Energy Lithium Batteries

    Meeting Sponsors  

    Agilent Technologies   NuMat Logo  SiNode     


    • Mesclun Mixed Greens - Served with endive, chrry tomatoes, shaved red onion, sugared walnuts, dried cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    • Choice of entree
      • Chicken Picatta - Lightly Flavoured and Seared Breast of Chicken topped with a White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce and Capers
      • Teriyaki Glazed Salmon - 6 oz. Salmon Fillet topped with an Orange Teriyaki Glaze
      • Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)
    • Steamed asparagus spears
    • Baked potato
    • Warm rolls & butter
    • Coffee
    • Carrot cake


    Dr. George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors.  This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment.  He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Dr. Crabtree has served as Director of the Materials Science Division at Argonne, as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, as Chair of advisory committees for DOE and NSF research centers and as Editor of several review issues of Physica C devoted to superconductivity. He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 17,000 career citations, and has given over 150 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences.  His research interests include next generation battery materials, sustainable energy, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, and highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, materials under extreme environments, basic science for energy technology, and computational materials and chemistry for economic competitiveness.  He co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.
    Dr. Karena Chapman is a Chemist within the X-ray Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In this role she develops and applies advanced synchrotron-based characterization tools to explore the coupled structure and reactivity of energy-relevant materials, including in battery electrodes and electrolytes, catalysts, and porous framework materials for strategic gas capture. Specifically, her research exploits pair distribution function (PDF) analysis, often applied in-situ, to probe the atomic and nano-scale structure of crystalline, nano, and amorphous materials that are beyond the limits of conventional crystallography. She is lead scientist for the dedicated PDF instrument, 11-ID-B, at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. She joined Argonne in 2005 as the Arthur Holly Compton Postdoctoral Scholar, becoming staff in 2009. Before arriving at Argonne she received her B.Sc. and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia.
    Dr. Lynn Trahey is a staff scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department of Argonne National Laboratory. She completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude in 2002 with a B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Science, Technology, and Society. From there she went to the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. At Berkeley she was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship to study the electrodeposition of nanostructured thermoelectric materials under Prof. Angelica Stacy. Dr. Trahey completed postdoctoral research working jointly with Prof. Harold Kung (Northwestern University) and Dr. Michael Thackeray (Argonne National Laboratory), and went on to join the research staff of Argonne in 2010. At Argonne her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of materials for advanced lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries. She was the recipient of the 2012 Northwestern University - Argonne Early Career Investigator Award for Energy Research. She is a member of the Center for Electrical Energy Storage (CEES) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) and served on the editorial board of the corresponding EFRC Newsletter. She is also a member of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) Energy Innovation Hub. In addition to energy-related chemistry research, Dr. Trahey's interests include science communication and Energy Science curriculum development.
    Mil Ovan is Chief Marketing Officer for Navitas. He is responsible for the overall marketing programs of the company. Mr. Ovan brings 30 years of experience focused on bringing discontinuous world-changing new technologies to global marketplaces. Mr. Ovan has built and run start-up companies, and has created new divisions at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Navitas, Mr. Ovan was a Principal of Nova Associates, providing marketing and business development consulting to renewable energy and advanced material companies. Prior to Nova Associates, Mr. Ovan previously served as SVP/ co-founder of Firefly Energy, a $50M start-up company which developed a next generation battery technology originally incubated at Caterpillar. Prior to Firefly, Mr. Ovan served as President and Co-founder of Verascape, a $10 million start-up providing voice recognition infrastructure to major enterprises and carriers. Prior to Verascape, Mr. Ovan was VP of Marketing & Business Development for a broadband-on-demand company called WarpSpeed Communications, a $30 million Bay Area start-up funded by AT&T, 3COM, and New Enterprise Associates. Before WarpSpeed, Mr. Ovan spent 12 years at Motorola, at the forefront in the creation and/or advancement of new communications categories such as Cellular Systems, Wireless LANs and Wireless PDAs. Just prior to leaving Motorola, he was co-founder and executive director of the Wireless Broadband Systems division. Mr. Ovan received an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Elmhurst College.

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    $35.00 Member - regular

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Retired/Unemployed

    $0.00 Argonne Facility Tour with the YCC