ViPER Group 2018

Prof. Pol presents Keynote talk 'Nascent Carbon Architectures for Safer Energy Storage Devices's Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, India.

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

February, 2018. Congratulations Mr. Jialiang Tang for successfully graduating, now you are officially Dr. Jialiang Tang.

Congratulations Ryan Adams for receiving prestigious 'Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship'.

Congratulations to Prof. Pol and Prof. Wang's (MSE) research teams for their recent publication, 'LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2/Au Nanocomposite Thin Film Cathode with Enhanced Electrochemical Properties' in the journal "Nano Energy"

Congratulations to J. Tang, J. Barker and V. G. Pol for their recent publication, 'Sodium-ion Battery Anode Comprising Carbon Sheets: Stable Cycling in Half and Full-Pouch Cell Configuration' in the journal "Energy Technology"

Congratulations to R. A. Adams, A. Varma and V. G. Pol for their recent publication, Mechanistic Elucidation of Thermal Runaway in Potassium-Ion Batteries in the journal, "Journal of Power Sources".

Congratulations to K. Kim, R. A. Adams, A. Arora, E. Martinez, J. P. Youngblood and V. G. Pol for their recent publication, 'Li-ion Storage in an Amorphous, Solid, Spheroidal Carbon Anode Produced by Dry-Autoclaving of Coffee Oil' in the journal "Carbon".

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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