Colloquium on Wednesday: George Crabtree on energy storage at the threshold

George Crabtree

George Crabtree

George Crabtree, the director of Argonne National Lab’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, gives a colloquium titled “Storage at the Threshold: Li-ion Batteries and Beyond,” Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at 4 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

The high energy density and low cost of lithium-ion batteries created a revolution in personal electronics, permanently changing the way we interact with people and information. Transformations that are now under way in transportation, electric grids and distributed energy resources will require new levels of energy storage and cost performance beyond the reach of lithium-ion batteries. Crabtree will discuss the status and next-generation storage technologies and their potential to meet the performance and cost thresholds.

Crabtree’s research focuses on materials science, sustainable energy, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, and highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the DOE on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme conditions, and co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Crabtree has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kammerlingh Onnes Prize, the DOE Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, and an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of magnetic flux imaging systems. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Academy for Arts & Sciences, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Pushpa Bhat is the chair of the Fermilab Colloquium Committee, which organizes the colloquium series.