Batteries and Energy Storage

Batteries and Energy Storage




Renewable and reliable energy sources are needed to meet the increased electricity demand in Florida; however renewable energy sources such as solar are intermittent requiring storage solutions. Furthermore, load management and efficient operation will benefit from a storage solution. In the electric storage area, the Consortium faculty is working towards improving battery and capacitor based storage. The consortium is also working on developing large scale Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP).

FESC Faculty

Faculty University Expertise Department or Position
Charles Weatherford FAMU Computational Molecular Physics—properties of highly rich oxides of 3d-metal atoms

as battery cathodes; storage and controlled release of hydrogen using carbon clusters; interface

between clusters and condensed matter.

Professor, Florida A&M Physics, and Director of the Center for Plasma Science and Technology
Chunlei Wang FIU MEMS and NEMS for energy and biological applications;Synthesis, characterization, processing and integration of multifunctional materials Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Wonbong Choi


FIU Nano Materials (Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, ZnO nanowire, ZnO thin film), Energy materials: Li-ion battery, Dye sensitized Solar Cell and Biofuel Cell, Nano-bio Electronic Sensors (DNA, NO), and Nanoelectronics (high field emission, FET, Interconnect and Memory) Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Jim Zheng FSU Capacitors, nano-sensors, energy storage, fuel cells, photonics, thin film growth Sprint Eminent Scholar Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor
Petru Andrei FAMU-FSU Modeling and simulation of nanoscale semiconductor devices and sensors, lithium batteries, fuel cells, sensors, magnetic materials, and on computational electromagnetics Professor and Graduate Program Director, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ali T-Raissi UCF/FSEC Hydrogen production and storage, detection and sensing, solar fuels, biomass conversion Director, Advanced Energy Research Division
Jim Fenton UCF/FSEC Electrochemical systems, PEM Fuel Cells Director, FSEC
Charles Martin UF Nano materials; Electrochemical energy production Crow and Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
David Wei UF Application of modern tools that combine laser spectroscopy and electron microscopy to study localized optical properties of highly structured nanomaterials; Nanomaterials for rechargeable batteries; Functional nanostructures for advanced energy storage; Visible-light photocatalysis for hydrogen production and CO2 reduction Associate Professor, Chemistry
Erik Deumens UF Computational theoretical chemist Director/ UF Information Technology – Research Computing and Scientist in Department of Chemistry and Physics
Hai-Ping Cheng UF Theoretical Chemistry Professor, Physics
Jason F. Weaver UF Catalysis, surface chemical reactions Professor, Chemical Engineering
Juan Nino UF Materials Development for Energy-Related Applications and Investigation of Structure-Property Relationships in Active Ceramics Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Kevin Jones UF Processing and characterization of semiconductors devices, batteries, and materials including Ion Implantation, TEM, LEAP, SEM, XRD Distinguished Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Lisa McElwee-White UF Organometallic catalysts for use in anodes of liquid fuel cells Crow Professor and Chair, Chemistry
Mark E. Orazem UF Electrochemical engineering, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, corrosion (including cathodic protection), current distribution in electrochemical systems, fuel cells, batteries, mathematical modeling. Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering
Rajiv K.Singh UF Ultrahigh-energy-intensity integrated capacitors with small form factor for space applications Professor, Materials Science and Eng.
Simon Phillpot UF Solid-oxide fuel cells, thermal transport, properties of oxide materials for nuclear-fuel applications Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Eng.
Wolfgang Sigmund UF Synthesis and testing of novel nanostructured materials for energy storage (secondary batteries) Professor, and Graduate Coordinator, Materials Science and Eng.
Alberto A. Sagues USF Metals, metallurgy, instrumentation, nuclear waste disposal Distinguished Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ashok Kumar USF Nanotechnology, thin films, surface science Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Elias Stefanakos USF Hydrogen production & storage; Electric/hybrid vehicles Director, Clean Energy Research Center
Julie Harmon USF Polymer matrices for battery gels and solar cell electrolytes Professor, Chemistry
Ezzat Bakhoum UWF Ultra Capacitors for hybrid vehicles and for other energy-related applications Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Florida Based Battery Companies

  • SAFT ( – Li-Ion battery manufacturing facility located in Jacksonville, FL.
  • G4 Synergetics – Bipolar batteries, located in Gainesville, FL. Startup company.
  • Encell ( – Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. The R&D facility is in Alachua FL.
  • BrightVolt Inc. (– BrightVolt, formerly known as Solicore, is a maker of Flexion brand thin, flexible lithium polymer battery strips used in credit cards with advanced security features, RFIDs, and small medical devices. It is based in Lakeland, Florida.
  • Inspired Energy Inc. – Located in Alachua, FL. Inspired Energy offers Battery & Electronics Design Services.

FESC Facilities:


FIU Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department

  • 1000 square feet research laboratory with access to various instruments in the Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility and Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) of the College of Engineering and Computing. The lab has the capability to synthesize, assemble, and evaluate electrochemical energy storage devices such as batteries and capacitors (Dr. Chunlei Wang). The equipment list is given below:


  • Energy Island: Vacuum Atmospheres Nexus Glove Box; Labconco Protector Glove Box; Princeton Applied Research VMP3-CHAS 16 channel Chassis (x1), VMP3-01 Single Potentiostat Channel (x8), VMP3/Z01 Single EIS Potentiostat Channel (x2); CHI660C Electrochemical Workstation; Neware Battery Tester BTS5V5ART (x2, 16 channel); Neware Battery Tester BTS-5V5mA (x2, 16 channel); Hohsen Manual Crimper for Coin Cell CR2032; Sonics High Intensity Ultrasonic Liquid Processors VC750; Branson 2510R-DTH ultrasonic cleaner; American Int’nl Electric type AIE-300 impulse sealer; SS Dry Box (x4)

  • ESD Island: Home Made Electrostatic Spray Deposition System (x3): Longer TS2-60 Dual Syringe pump, Kd Scientific KDS200 syringe pump, Basic Peristaltic Pump BT50-1J, New Era Pump System NE-300 Syringe pump, High voltage power source DW-P303-5acCC (x2), Temperature Controller AI-708PDK1-15A (x2), home made temperature controller (x2).


  • Optics Island:JASCO FT/IR-4100; UNITRON Stereo Zoom Binocular Microscope with digital image system; NIKON ECLIPSE TE2000-E inverted research station (Dr. Fan); Newport RT Series optical table


  • Machining Island: KB-KG1414 CNC mil; RYOBI Drill Press DP102L; Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station; Woodpecker LED. B Wireless Curing Light

  • Testing Island: OAI Model 800 Mask Aligner with NLS nanoimprinting module (in cleanroom); NLS AR-STA-100 Nanoimprint sample treatment system (in cleanroom); SUSS PLV50 probe station; Agilent 4156C Precision Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer; Agilent DC Power Analyzer: N6705A Mainframe, N6762A Precision DC Power Module 100W (x2), N6752A High Performance Autoranging DC Power Module 100W (x1), N6773A DC Power Module 300W (x1)


  • Simulation Island: FEMLAB software: COMSOL Multiphysics, Chemical Engineering Module, and Script for All Platforms, Floating Network License for one (1) concurrent user, and addition of the CAD Import Module. License No. 1023246.


  • LabView Island: National Instruments PXI-1002, PXI-1031, PXI-8184, PXI-7344, PXI-8196, PXI-6221 (x2), MID-7604 Integrated Stepper Driver and Power Unit


FSU Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Petru Andrei

  • Electrochemical Capacitors and Li-Ion Battery lab
  • High performance computer cluster, in-house developed simulation software for the simulation of batteries, semiconductor devices, and sensors (


UF Materials Science and Engineering

  • Full Analytical Characterization Capabilities including TEM, SEM, XRD Dynamic XRD, FIB, Auger, SIMS, and off site Atom Probe Tomography.
  • Oxide deposition facility: Pulse laser deposition (PLD) system Mutli-target holder; Rotating and in-situ heating substrate; Controlled atmosphere

UF Chemical Engineering

  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy measurements, electrochemical instrumentation

UF HPC Center

  • The University of Florida high performance computing center (HPCC) provides an environment for faculty and their associates to perform compute and data intensive research. The facility currently (April 2010) has over 3,000 cores and 330 TB of storage in three parallel file systems. The clusters are located in three machine rooms that are connected to each other and to the Florida Lambda Rail by the 20 Gigabit/s campus Research network (CRN). The HPC Center is a faculty-driven effort under supervision of the HPC Committee and it reports to the UF CIO. The university administration provides the facilities with cooling and power and pays the salaries of the three full-time staff members. The staff includes tow Ph.D. level scientists who assist users in installing and running their application software, in addition to maintaining the cluster hardware and software. The equipment is purchased from grant and other funds contributed by faculty members who invest in the shared facility. More details about the HPC Center can be found at the web site