Inspiring new thinking through energy storage research

Michael_thumbGlobal growth and industrial and technological developments have necessitated the need to consider alternative ways of preserving energy. While, for example, vehicle developments have been cutting-edge during the last century, their contribution towards pollution and their effects on the environment were a far thought. Now, one hundred years later, an overpopulated and technologically-driven world suffers the consequences of CO2 emissions from the exploitation of oil and coal to satisfy increasing demands for industrial and household energy and the need to travel.

Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory, Dr Michael Thackeray, will present on the need for continued research on energy storage. He will identify the various challenges and opportunities to be leveraged for scientific research in energy storage in order to reduce the increased dependence on fossil fuel.

As governments and the private sector continue to invest in reviewing electric power for transportation and electrochemical energy storage as a step towards clean and low cost energy, a number of opportunities for scientists and innovators are available to generate new knowledge in this field or contribute to the current discourses.

Thackeray has received numerous awards in his field of specialisation. He has recently been named as the 2016 recipient of the E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, recognises outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the fields of industrial chemistry or chemical engineering. Thackeray will receive the award at the ACS Awards Ceremony in March 2016, in conjunction with the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego.