ChE Seminar: Dr. David Mitlin

Event Date: September 11, 2018
Speaker: Dr. David Mitlin
Speaker Affiliation: Clarkson University
Time: 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Location: FRNY G140
Contact Name: Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Open To: Attendance required for PhD students
Priority: No
School or Program: Chemical Engineering
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Professor and GE Chair in Oil and Gas Systems, Clarkson University "Selenium impregnated monolithic carbons as free-standing cathodes for high volumetric energy lithium and sodium metal batteries"

Dr. David Mitlin
Professor and GE Chair in Oil and Gas Systems
Clarkson University

Professor Mitlin's current electrochemistry-related interests span both renewables and conventional energy topics.  He is currently focused on creation of new materials for sodium ion batteries, lithium ion batteries, electrochemical capacitors and for aggressive oil refining environments.


"Selenium impregnated monolithic carbons as free-standing cathodes for high volumetric energy lithium and sodium metal batteries"
Selenium – lithium (Se-Li) and selenium – sodium (Se-Na) metal systems are emerging as very attractive candidates for “next generation” batteries due to their low cost and high energy. In this work we devised a highly scalable and inexpensive method to effectively double the energy per volume of Se-Li and Se-Na cells by creating monolithic electrodes instead of the usual loosely packed nano or micro powders. Meanwhile the unique architecture based on filling the void space between carbonized cellulose allowed for excellent power and cycling characteristics, as favorable as in state-of-the-art nanostructured materials. In parallel, we performed a detailed electroanalytical study on the Se-Li vs. Se-Na systems and came to a remarkable conclusion that the two are nearly identical. This was a fully confirmed but certainly an unexpected finding, since Na diffuses much more sluggishly than Li in most other battery materials.
Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 1701918
Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award # DE-SC0018074.



David Mitlin is a Professor and General Electric Chair at Clarkson University, in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Prior to that, Dr. Mitlin was an Assistant, Associate and full Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Mitlin has published about 140 peer-reviewed journal articles on various aspects of energy storage and conversion materials. He holds 6 granted patents 4 of which are licensed, and has presented over 100 invited, keynote or plenary talks. Dr. Mitlin is an Associate Editor for Sustainable Energy and Fuels, a Royal Society of Chemistry Journal focused on renewables. Dave received a Doctorate in Materials Science from U.C. Berkeley in 2000, M.S. from Penn State in 1996, and B.S. from RPI in 1995.

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Part of the Fall 2018 Graduate Seminar Series