Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Room Temperature Sulfur Battery Cathode Design and Processing Techniques
by Carter, Rachel, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2017, 176; 10753374
Abstract (Summary)

As the population grows and energy demand increases, climate change threatens causing energy storage research to focus on fulfilling the requirements of two major energy sectors with next generation batteries: (1) portable energy and (2) stationary storage.1 Where portable energy can decrease transportation-related harmful emissions and enable advanced next-generation technologies,1 and stationary storage can facilitate widespread deployment of renewable energy sources, alleviating the demand on fossil fuels and lowering emissions.

Portable energy can enable zero-emission transportation and can deploy portable power in advanced electronics across fields including medical and defense. Currently fully battery powered cars are limited in driving distance, which is dictated by the energy density and weight of the state-of-the-art Li-ion battery, and similarly advancement of portable electronics is significantly hindered by heavy batteries with short charge lives. In attempt to enable advanced portable energy, significant research is aiming to improve the conventional Li-ion batteries and explore beyond Li-ion battery chemistries with the primary goal of demonstrating higher energy density to enable lighter weight cells with longer battery life.

Further, with the inherent intermittency challenges of our most prominent renewable energy sources, wind and solar, discovery of batteries capable of cost effectively and reliably balancing the generation of the renewable energy sources with the real-time energy demand is required for grid scale viability. Stationary storage will provide load leveling to renewable resources by storing excess energy at peak generation and delivering stored excess during periods of lower generation. This application demands highly abundant, low-cost active materials and long-term cycle stability, since infrastructure costs (combined with the renewable) must compete with burning natural gas. Development of a battery with these characteristics will require exploration of chemistries beyond the Li-ion battery for a system consisting of low cost active materials and promising device performance. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pint, Cary
Commitee: Bardhan, Rizia, Pintauro, Peter, Valentine, Jason, Walker, Greg
School: Vanderbilt University
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: DAI-B 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering, Materials science
Keywords: Batteries, Carbon nanotubes, Isothermal vapor, Lithium sulfur, Sodium sulfur, Sulfur cathodes
Publication Number: 10753374
ISBN: 9780355555578
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