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Solid-state sodium-ion batteries as an economical energy storage solution for the net-zero future 

Prof. Xin Li

Associate Professor of Materials Science
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sodium-ion batteries offer a promising alternative to the ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries that dominate energy storage today, and address concerns about the availability and cost of the raw materials required for lithium-ion electrolytes and electrodes. Elemental sodium is more abundant and evenly distributed geographically than lithium, and sodium-ion battery cathode materials have a significant cost-performance advantage over lithium-ion batteries due to a wider choice of affordable transition metals. The Li Lab has developed a solid-state sodium-ion battery with a proprietary and AI-assisted design of cathode, anode, and electrolyte layers that is competitive with Li-ion batteries. The lab is focused on scaling up the technology to a pouch cell, and is seeking seed funding to start a company and enter the electric vehicle and grid energy storage markets.  

Project Overview

Interested in this technology?  We are currently seeking partners in academia and industry to collaborate on further developments. 

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