Innovating Safe Lithium-ion Batteries through Basic to Applied Research

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Corey T. Love

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division 4555 Overlook Ave, SW Washington, DC 20375

Christopher Buesser

EXCET, Inc. 6225 Brandon Ave #360 Springfield, VA 22150

Michelle D. Johannes

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Materials Science and Technology Division 4555 Overlook Ave, SW Washington, DC 20375

Karen E. Swider-Lyons

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division 4555 Overlook Ave, SW Washington, DC 20375

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038075 History: Received June 02, 2017; Revised August 21, 2017


This paper for inclusion in the special issue provides a brief synopsis of battery safety research efforts at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and presents the viewpoint that lithium-ion battery safety research is a worthy and necessary pursuit for academic and applied researchers. The number of lithium-ion battery research efforts worldwide has plateaued while publications associated with safety aspect of lithium-ion batteries is on a rapid incline. The safety challenge creates a unique research opportunity to not only understand basic phenomena but apply that knowledge directly to enable the safe implementation of existing fielded system through advanced controls and prognostics. As the number of lithium-ion battery safety research contributions climbs, no doubt significant advancements will come in the area of modeling across multiple time and length scales. Additionally, the utility of in-situ and in-operando techniques, several performed by NRL and collaborators, will feed the data necessary to validate these models. Lithium-ion battery innovations are not tied to performance metrics alone anymore. Safety research will unlock the full potential of lithium-ion batteries. There is much work to be done.

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