The meeting, the first of the 2011 - 2012 ECS local chapter Seminar Series, was held in the Egan Research Center at Northeastern University. There was a reception, followed by a Lecture and Dinner. Numerous undergraduate and graduate students were on hand, from both Northeastern and MIT. Commercial companies included small businesses like Giner, Inc., branches of large corporations like Hamilton Sundstrand (a subsidiary of United Technologies), and the venture capital-funded Sun Catalytix.
The abstract: "Today's lithium ion batteries are unable to meet the energy density and cost profiles of 200-300 mile all-electric vehicles. Low cost rechargeable batteries with specific energies exceeding 500 Wh/kg are needed to make such vehicles widely attractive to consumers. In this talk, I will present a brief update of the energy density and cost evolution of lithium ion battery technology. The prospects for new materials for ultrahigh energy density batteries will be discussed with updates on the rechargeable Li-air and Li-sulfur systems."
The talk was an interesting mix of the history of lithium batteries, as well as a review of some recent lithium battery research.
Professor Mukerjee announced that the next seminars will be held in October and November. I'm looking forward to seeing what the topics will be!