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The Future of Electric Vehicles

May 30, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

$10 – $30

How many things in your day today required plugging in? All of us are  critically linked to the availability of electrical energy. Technologies for storing that energy covers a wide range of power, cost and size requirements. Devices like cell phones, hybrid electric vehicles, and on up to electricity grid stabilization each present  unique challenges in energy storage. Batteries are the major source of energy storage we are most familiar with, and they come in an enormous range of sizes to power pacemakers and locomotives. But it seems every new thing invented requires more and better batteries. Can the increasing demand be met? How? And at what costs??

Rechargeable batteries have lower life-time costs and environmental impact than single-use batteries. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries have the advantages of high energy storage densities and high operating voltages. Can we get the best qualities of each? Brian Ingram from Argonne Laboratory will explain how various batteries work – from that in your cell phone to what’s in an electric car. He’ll explore the benefits and design considerations for electric vehicles, and address some of the major engineering challenges and future technologies that may perform better than current battery options.

A Tesla Model S will be available for viewing up close — check out under the hood, go ahead and kick the tires (sorry, no test drives) before and after the talk.


Brian Ingram Brian Ingram is a Materials Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory in the Electrochemical Energy Storage program. He received his Ph.D. from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Northwestern University and started his career at Argonne in 2005 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focuses on fundamental understanding of charge transport between materials in battery and fuel cells. Brian’s research interests focus on the fundamental defect and electronic transport mechanisms between materials in electrochemical devices such as batteries and fuel cells. Understanding these mechanisms is critical to designing more efficient energy storage and conversion devices for transportation, grid storage, and consumer electronics.

Among other activities, Brian is a key contributor to the Joint Center of Energy Storage Research (JCESR) centered at Argonne, one of the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hubs. JCESR integrates basic and applied research with engineering technology to accelerate scientific discovery to meet technological challenges for efficient and reliable energy storage systems that – compared to today’s technologies – store much more power and energy, charge and discharge faster, and cost far less. Brian has published 30 peer reviewed scientific journal articles on the topic as well as presented his work at numerous meetings and workshops.


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May 30, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$10 – $30


222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 United States


Illinois Science Council