The 2nd Battery Sustainability Workshop (2023)


Technology Needs for A Truly Circular EV Battery Supply Chain

Dr. Laurent Pilon, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

This talk will present ongoing efforts at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to advance high-risk high-impact transformational technologies in the area of electrical energy storage to decarbonize the transportation sectors. It will provide a vision and identify the technology needs to achieve a circular and domestic EV battery supply chain with the objectives of minimizing the energy needs, carbon footprint, and demand for critical materials over the battery lifetime. To do so, batteries should be designed and manufactured with the end of life in mind and recycling considered as a process of last resort. Then, the talk will discuss methods for prolonging the life of batteries and will identify materials, designs, manufacturing and advanced sensing methods to facilitate repair, reuse, and remanufacturing. 

Closed Loop Lithium Ion Battery Recycling Process

Dr. Yan Wang, Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Co-founder of Ascend Elements and AM Batteries 

Development of large-area thermally sensitive paint to monitor cell temperatures and provide warning to potential thermal runaway event

Recent Progress toward Rechargeable Multivalent-Ion Batteries 

Marshall A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is a senior materials engineer and team lead in the Battery Science Branch at the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory. His research is focused on ion-gated devices for neuromorphic computing and electrolyte development for advanced lithium and multivalent-ion battery chemistries for U.S. Army applications. Prior to joining DEVCOM ARL in 2016, during his Ph.D. studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, he was awarded the Hendricks Energy Research Fellowship and researched vacuum-based materials synthesis, characterization, and testing of lithium oxygen and thin film solid state batteries.


2nd Battery Sustainability Workshop

Day 1 (Dec 5): @ Innovation Campus, Northeastern University

8:00-9:00 Continental breakfast

9:00-9:05 Martin Z. Bazant, Juner Zhu
Opening Remarks

9:05-9:20 Gregory Abowd
Dean of College of Engineering, Northeastern University
Welcome Address

9:20-10:00 Laurent Pilon
Program Director, APRA-E
Keynote talk: Technology Needs for A Truly Circular EV Battery Supply Chain

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:10 Martin Z. Bazant
MIT, CBS Director
CBS Talk: Electrochemical Science for Battery Sustainability

11:10-11:40 Juner Zhu
NEU, CBS Executive Director
CBS Talk: Mechanics for Battery Sustainability

11:40-12:00 YongHwan Choi
Hyundai Motor Company
CBS Talk: Ultimate engineering solutions for carbon neutrality

12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion: Gregory Abowd, Laurent Pilon, Martin Z. Bazant, Juner Zhu, YongHwan Choi
Moderator: Margaret Mann (NREL)

12:30-2:00 Lunch & Mixer between CBS Students and the Battery Sustainability Community
Poster Session: Research of CBS and collaborators

2:00-2:40 Yan Wang
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Keynote Talk: Closed Loop Lithium Ion Battery Recycling Process

2:40-3:05 Peng Bai
Anode-free Sodium Battery as a Sustainable Alternative for Li-ion EV Batteries

3:05-3:30 Fei Wang
Saint-Gobain Tape Solutions
Technology Roadmap for EV Battery Pack Materials from Saint-Gobain Tape Solutions

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-4:30 Yue Qi
Brown University
Modeling of the SEI and its Impact on Battery Degradation and Rejuvenation

5:00-5:30 Panel Discussion: Yan Wang, Fei Wang, Yue Qi, Peng Bai
Moderator: Steven Ferguson (University College Dublin)

6:00-8:00 Banquet

Day 2 (Dec 6): @ Innovation Campus, Northeastern University

8:00-9:00 Continental breakfast

9:00-9:40 Chad Vecitis
CTO & Co-Founder, Nth Cycle
Keynote talk: Nano-enabled Electrified Path to an Electrified Future

9:40-10:00 Georg Pesch
University College Dublin
High-throughput dielectrophoretic filtration of sub-micron and micro-particles in macroscopic porous materials

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:00 Hsin Wang
Oak Ridge National Lab
Development of Large-area Thermally Sensitive Paint to monitor Cell Temperatures and provide Warning to Potential Thermal Runway Events

11:00-11:30 Marshall A. Schroeder
DEVCOM Army Research Lab
Recent Progress toward Rechargeable Multivalent-Ion Batteries

11:30-12:00 Hongli Zhu
Northeastern University
Sustainability for Energy Storage: Biomass-Derived Materials from Abundant Resources

12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion: Chad Vecitis, Georg Pesch, Hsin Wang, Marshall A. Schroeder, Hongli Zhu
Moderator: Peter Attia (Glimpse)

12:30-3:00 Lunch & Mixer between CBS Students and the Battery Sustainability Community
Poster session: Research of CBS and collaborators

3:00 Adjourn 

Workshop Information

Dates: December 5th - 6th 

Location: Conference Hall in Building Five on the Innovation Campus of Northeastern University in Burlington

Hotel recommendations: Hyatt House Boston/Burlington (corporate code: G-NEDE).

Registration link: