princeton lab for electrochemical engineering systems research

The Princeton Lab for Electrochemical Energy Systems studies complex electrochemical behavior, with a current focus on energy storage systems. We are set up to create materials, fabricate devices, and characterize both with in situ, in operando, and ex situ methods.

A battery is a closed electrochemical reactor in which the redox potential between two dissimilar materials is exploited to provide an electrical current outside the cell while the inside of the cell moves what mass it needs to do to equilibrate (both under load and otherwise).

We think about the whole battery. Materials are certainly a critical aspect of battery design: geometric relations with the battery are equally important. Our work continually reconsiders the shape of a battery, the role of each component of a battery, and the ways in which materials and architecture might interact to positvely exploit phenomena within battery nominally considered negative. For example, we have shown

We have created an environment where we can quickly synthesize, fabricate, test, and analyze batteries. With our custom analysis equipment, microfluidic fabrication and testing equipment, and in-lab prototyping tools we can quickly iterate on designs and experiments, starting with a "shotgun" approach to complex problems and developing both variable spaces and hypotheses of interaction after a few design cycles. In practice, we have learned

Taken together, these findings have enabled new types of batteries for grid scale and wearable applications, as well as new diagnostic measures for batteries.

The pleesr is part of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The lab's tooling and characterization equipment enables research and training for

The lab is currently supported by the generosity of

Professor Steingart is grateful for previous support and guidance from