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"Fundamental Investigations of Mechanical and Chemical Degradation Mechanisms in Li-ion Battery Materials"

Welcome to Rhode Island's DOE EPSCoR Implementation Program Website!

The Rhode Island EPSCoR Implementation program is supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the US Department of Energy (Program manager: Dr. Tim Fitzsimmons). The program supports vibrant interdisciplinary research activity at Brown University and University of Rhode Island; the principal investigators have diverse backgrounds spanning Solid Mechanics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Condensed Matter Physics and Chemical Engineering. The team pursues highly collaborative research on fundamental degradation mechanisms in lithium ion battery materials and on strategies to improve energy density, cycle life and calendar life. The PIs collaborate with researchers at National Laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and battery industry (Yardney Technical Products Inc, BASF, General Motors) in exploring problems at the forefront of Li-ion battery materials research.

This site provides a brief overview of the program activities and accomplishments. Click on the links on the left side of this page to explore various facets of the program. For more specific information or feedback, please contact Professor Pradeep R. Guduru.

Click on the EAC link on the left to see our external advisory council that reviews our program periodically and gives its feedback/critique, which informs our future directions.

The EPSCoR Implementation highly encourages collaborative research that combines complementary capabilities. If you are interested in any of the EPSCoR program activities (click on Publications link on the left for research accomplishments) and would like to collaborate with us, please contact the relevant investigator directly or contact the PI Professor Pradeep Guduru.

In addition to the research activities, the RI EPSCoR Implementation Program aims to promote battery materials research in Rhode Island through funding opportunities and undergraduate research mentoring. If you are a Rhode Islander and have innovative ideas on energy storage, click on the "Funding Opportunities" link on the left. If you are an undergraduate student in a Rhode Island Institution pursuing an Engineering or a Physical Sciences major and would like to get involved in energy storage research, click on "For Undergraduates" link on the left.

On Friday, June 1, 2012, Brown University will host a day-long symposium on "Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Storage Materials". Click on the link for more information on travel, registration, technical program, etc.


Principal Investigator

Pradeep R. Guduru

James R. Rice Associate Professor of Engineering

Brown University, Providence, RI 02912


Co-Principal Investigators

Brett Lucht, Arijit Bose, William B. Euler

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881


V.B.Shenoy, A.F.Bower, Li-Qiong Wang

Brown University, Providence, RI 02912


Program Director

Peter Alfonso

Vice President of Research

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881