Colloquium Event

Next Generation Batteries – Materials and Applications


Energy storage is at the center of transformative technologies including electric transportation, wind and solar electricity, energy management for utilities and customers, replacement of gas peaker plants, and electric flight for air taxis, package delivery and short-haul passenger service.  These emerging uses require next generation batteries custom designed for the application.  A survey of battery applications in the electricity grid, transportation and flight and the outlook for batteries that can fulfill them will be given.

This work is supported by the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an Energy Innovation Hub funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences.

Speaker Name

George Crabtree

Speaker Institution

Argonne National Laboratory

Speaker Information

George Crabtree, an Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, is the Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). As JCESR Director, Dr. Crabtree directs the overall strategy and goals of the research program and operational plan, acts as liaison to executives of JCESR partner organizations, and represents JCESR with external constituencies and advisory committees.

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 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He won an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of magnetic flux imaging systems. 

Dr. Crabtree 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 published more than 440 papers in leading scientific journals, collected more than 18,000 career citations, and has given more than 150 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include energy storage, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, superconductivity, and highly correlated electrons in metals.

He has led DOE workshops on next-generation energy storage, hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, and 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, meeting sustainable energy challenges and energy innovation Hubs. He earned his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Selected Awards, Honors, and Memberships
• Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2008-present
• Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010-present
• Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, 2003
• Chair and Report Editor, Next-Generation Electrical Energy Storage, Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy, 2017 
• ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Physics since 2001
• Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters, 1998-2001
• R&D 100 Award, Magnetic Flux Imaging System, 1996
• Editor, Physica C, 1987-2003
• Fellow, American Physical Society, 1983

• More than 440 publications in peer-reviewed journals
• More than 18,000 career citations (36 citations/paper on average)


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