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Mechanical Evaluation of Battery Electrodes

Batteries used in consumer electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, etc.) are electrochemical devices that age due to complex interactions between competing physical phenomena: exposure to highly oxidative conditions, loss of mechanical resilience, build-up of electrical resistance are some examples. This project entails detailed characterization of battery electrodes under various operating conditions. The intern will learn about basics of battery chemistry, how to design, build and characterize lithium-ion cells, and to evaluate degradation metrics by taking cells apart and measuring changes in properties of the cell components over the lifetime of the battery. These results will feed into helping the industry better understand how these properties influence safety of the battery.

Mentor:Shriram Santhanagopalan


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


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