Why Batteries Suck

Yi Cui, Ph.D., Associate Professor, David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar, Materials
Science and Engineering, Stanford University

This podcast highlights Dr. Yi Cui’s attempts to create a smaller-size, higher-energy super-battery that doesn’t explode – by adding more lithium.

Speaker Information:

Yi_CuiYi Cui is an Associate Professor and a David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Chemistry (courtesy) at Stanford University, and a joint faculty in SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has BS from the University of Science and Technology of China (1998), Ph.D from Harvard University (2002) and was Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he joined in Stanford as an Assistant Professor. In 2010 he was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure. His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, solar cells, environment, topological insulators and biology. He is an Associate Editor of top nanotechnology journal Nano Letters. He is a co-director of the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium, which is funded with $25 million by the U.S. Department of Energy. He has founded Amprius, Inc., a company to commercialize high-energy battery technology from his research group. He has received the Inaugural Nano Energy Award (2014), Bau Family Awards in Inorganic Chemistry (2014), Blavatnik National Award Finalist (2014), IUPAC Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and Synthesis (2013), Scientist in Residence of University of Duisburg-Essen (2013), Next Power Visiting Chair Professorship (National Tsinghua University, 2013), the Wilson Prize (2011), the David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar (2010), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), the Global Climate and Energy Project Distinguished Lecturer (2009), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), MDV Innovators Award (2007), Terman Fellowship (2005), the Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004), Miller Research Fellowship (2003), Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Nanotechnology (Foresight Institute, 2002) and Gold Medal of Graduate Student Award (Material Research Society, 2001).