ViPER Group 2015

Mitchell Daniels, President of Purdue University, visits the facilities and discusses research activities at the ViPER Laboratory!

Congratulations to A. Dysart, Prof. Pol and collaborators for their recent accepted publication in Environmental Science & Technology!

Arthur Dysart leads students through a battery fabrication demonstration during the 2015 Duke Energy Academy.

Dr. Peter B. Littlewood, director of Argonne National Laboratory, and the ViPER Group during his visit to Purdue University.

The SoyaCell Team accept their group award at the 2015 Soybean Competition Award Ceremony!

The ViPER upcycling research project, "Packing Peanut Power Supply," is featured at the ACS 2015 Conference in Denver Colorado!

Congratulations to Dr. Etacheri et. al. for their recent accepted publication in Advanced Energy Materials!

Prof. Pol with Prof. C. N. R. Rao & Prof. Doraiswami Ramkrishna during the reception of the 2014 Indo-US Science & Technology Forum.

Prof. Pol with Dr. Dick Wieboldt and Molly Isermann during the DXR Raman Microscope Symposium.

Jialiang & Arthur, first place presenters of the 2014 BASF Energy & Sustainability Forum, celebrate with the BASF Sustainability Committee.

Recent News

August 12, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Safer Rechargeable Batteries," at the Naval Postgraduate School seminar series, at Monterey, California.

August 7, 2017. Arthur D. Dysart, Prof. Sadeghi, and Prof. Pol are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article,, "New solid lubricant shown to reduce friction and wear on steel surfaces."

July 31, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Long Lasting Batteries for Medical Devices and Wearables," for the Baxter Company Visitors at Purdue University, Indiana.

July 31, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Tribofilms & Electrodes for Safer Batteries," at the CIDESI at Santiago de Querétaro, México.

June 13, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Safer Rechargeable Batteries," at the Materials Science and Engineering department at Tuskegee University, Alabama.

For more, see our News Archives.


There is a great demand in today's mobile society for a better, longer lasting battery.

The focus of the Vilas Pol Energy Research (ViPER) Group is the design and fabrication of high capacity materials for next generation Lithium-ion, Lithium-Sulfur, and Sodium-ion battery systems.

Our inspiration draws from over 20+ years of combined experience within electrochemistry, nano-technology, interfacial and surface chemistry, chemical engineering, and environmental engineering. Beginning with the simplest chemical precursors, we are able to synthesize revolutionary, next generation materials that are tested for the future of energy storage technology.

The ViPER Group welcomes interested visiting scholars to explore research opportunities in the areas of Lithium-ion, Li-Sulfur, and Sodium-ion batteries. Please submit your request to viper(at)purdue(.)edu.


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