Next Generation Sodium ion Batteries for Grid Storage

Interdisciplinary Areas: Future Manufacturing, Micro-, Nano-, and Quantum Engineering, Power, Energy, and the Environment

Project Description

The introduction of new high performance low cost batteries and their technological development is a key driver for the deployment of advanced large scale electrical energy storage systems. The search for electrode materials that possess desirable properties such as low cost and low toxicity, long cycle life, high rate capability, high energy density that are easily synthesized will foster the rollout of a environmentally sustainable battery technology. 

Start Date

July 2019

Postdoc Qualifications

Ph. D. In Materials Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrochemical Engineering or Materials Science


Prof. Youngblood, MSE

Prof. Pol, ChE


1. K. Kim, D-G. Lim, C. W. Han, S. Osswald, V. Ortalan, J. P. Youngblood, V. G. Pol, “Tailored Carbon Anodes Derived from Biomass for Sodium-ion Storage”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017, 5 (10), 8720–8728.

2. K. Kim, R. A. Adams, A. Arora, E. Martinez, J. P. Youngblood, V. G. Pol, “Li-ion Storage in an Amorphous, Solid, Spheroidal Carbon Anode Produced by Dry-Autoclaving of Coffee Oil”, Carbon, 2018, 133, 62-68.

3. K. Kim, P. J. H. Kim, J. P. Youngblood, V. G. Pol, “Surface Functionalization of Carbon Architecture with Nano-MnO2 for Effective Polysulfide Confinement in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, ChemSusChem, 2018, 11,1–8.