Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry: Can Organic Batteries Power a Sustainable Electrical Grid?

Dr. Tom Guarr

Date and Time

Thursday, April 13, 2023 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Kirkhoff Center, Grand River Room, RM 2250


To make renewable energy sources like solar and wind our primary sources of energy, we need new kinds of batteries that can store the energy.  Dr. Tom Guarr and his research team from MSU are trying to build better batteries. In this talk, Guarr will explore some simple concepts that allow us to design organic molecules able to withstand the rigors of real-world environments. Specifically, lessons learned in the development of highly durable, color-switching organic chemistry for electrochromic devices paved the way for a novel all-organic battery that contains no lead, lithium, cobalt, manganese, or other undesirable metallic species.  Through careful molecular engineering, Guarr developed chemical systems that simplify redox flow battery design and eliminate the most expensive and troublesome common components.  The strategy behind this approach will be described in detail, and prospects for redox flow batteries in large scale energy storage applications will be discussed.

This event has been tagged as academic, chemistry, and lecture.


For more information, please call 616-331-8927.

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