Batteries and Energy Storage




Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are intermittent and require 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.

Faculty University Expertise Department or Position
Chunlei Wang FIU MEMS and NEMS for energy and biological applications;Synthesis, characterization, processing and integration of multifunctional materials 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) Director of Nanomaterials and Device Laboratory
Jim Zheng FSU Capacitors, nano-sensors, energy storage, fuel cells, photonics, thin film growth Electrical and Computer Engineering
Petru Andrei FSU Modeling and simulation of nanoscale semiconductor devices and sensors, lithium batteries, fuel cells, sensors, magnetic materials, and on computational electromagnetics 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 Chemistry
David Wei UF Surface chemistry; Nanomaterials for rechargeable batteries; Functional nanostructures for advanced energy storage; Electrochemistry Chemistry
Erik Deumens UF Computational theoretical chemist Physics, Director of UF-HPC
Hai-Ping Cheng UF Theoretical Chemistry Physics
Jason F. Weaver UF Catalysis, surface chemical reactions Chemical Engineering
John Sabin UF Electron dynamics of molecular systems Physics
Juan Nino UF Materials Development for Energy-Related Applications and Investigation of Structure-Property Relationships in Active Ceramics Materials Science & Engineering
Kevin Jones UF Solid state batteries, Ion beam processing, characterization of inorganic materials, TEM, Atom probe tomography, XRD etc. Materials Science & Engineering
Lisa McElwee-White UF Organometallic catalysts for use in anodes of liquid fuel cells Chemistry
Mark E. Orazem UF Electrochemical Engineering, Batteries, Impedance Spectroscopy Chemical Engineering
Rajiv K. Singh UF Battery Materials Science and Eng.
Simon Phillpot UF Theoretical and computer-based methods Materials Science and Eng.
Wolfgang Sigmund UF Synthesis and testing of novel nanostructured materials for energy storage (batteries and hydrogen) Materials Science and Eng.
Alberto A. Sagues USF Metals, metallurgy, instrumentation, nuclear waste disposal Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ashok Kumar USF Nanotechnology, thin films, surface science Mechanical Engineering
Burton Krakow USF Fuel cells, energy systems, hybrid/electric vehicles Sr. Research Scientist, Clean Energy Research Center
Elias Stefanakos USF Electric/hybrid vehicles Director, Clean Energy Research Center
Julie Harmon USF Polymer matrices for battery gels Chemistry
Kenneth Buckle USF Batteries, antenna and rectenna technology Electrical Engineering
Paris Wiley USF Testing and use of electric vehicles Electrical Engineering
Ezzat Bakhoum UWF Ultra Capacitors for hybrid vehicles and for other energy-related applications Electrical and Computer Engineering


Industrial Collaboration and Technology Commercialization

  • Strong partnerships with various private sector entities that include SAFT, Planar Energy Devices, Inc., and G4 Synergetics
  • Industrial partnerships providing the ability to scale technology development and deployment
  • A focus on technology commercialization including dedicated programs for business plan development, market studies, and funded university/industry joint R&D programs targeted to foster commercialization.

Florida Based Battery Companies

  • G4 Synergetics, – Bipolar batteries, located in Gainesville, FL. Startup company. In collaboration with UF for product improvement and development.
  • Solicore Inc. in Lakeland, FL. Solicore develops, manufactures, and markets ultra-thin flexible lithium polymer batteries under its Flexion brand that serve the smart card, RFID and medical device markets.


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

  • High performance computer cluster, in-house developed simulation software for the simulation of batteries, semiconductor devices, and sensors (

UF Materials Science and Engineering

  • Battery processing and testing laboratory for Li Ion systems.
  • Full Analytical Characterization Capabilities including TEM, SEM, XRD Dynamic XRD, FIB, Auger, SIMS, and off site Atom Probe Tomography.
  • Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) – Lithium ion battery materials synthesis, battery assembly, battery testing, electrochemical study suite (CV, PITT, GITT etc.) electrochemical impedance spectroscopy complete kit for computation modeling
  • 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 MAIC (major analytical instrument center):

  • Focused Ion Beam Dual-Beam Strata DB235 FIB/SEM micro- manipulation, sample preparation for TEM.

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