" rel="stylesheet">
Skip Main Navigation
Page Content
This event has ended

Public Lecture: X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries
The lecture is free but registration is required.
Ended Free  

Who's Going

Loading your connections...

Share Public Lecture: X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries

Event Details

Poster for battery lecture

Making the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable energy sources for the world’s automobile fleet will require dramatic improvements in rechargeable batteries: They will need to be lighter, less expensive, run 300-plus miles on a single charge and last the lifetime of the vehicle. While lithium-ion batteries promise to fulfill all these requirements, progress has been frustratingly slow and incremental. To speed things up, researchers are using powerful synchrotron-based X-rays to peer inside lithium-ion batteries while they operate. These studies of batteries in action are revealing the detailed physical and chemical changes that take place as a battery charges and discharges. Understanding how batteries function – and what causes them to eventually fail – will help scientists design the next generation of battery technologies.

This lecture is free, but seating is limited and registration is required for entry. If you register and later find out that you are unable to attend, we ask that you cancel your registraton to make room for those on the waiting list. The lecture will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend in person.

View live stream (begins May 27 at 7:30 pm)

About the Speaker

Johanna Nelson Weker graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. In 2010, she received a PhD in physics from Stony Brook University in New York, where she studied an X-ray microscopy technique that eliminates the need for X-ray lenses, which are both inefficient and difficult to fabricate. Having done much of her graduate research at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, she was delighted to move to the Bay Area and accept a postdoctoral position at Stanford University. Working at SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, she has been using X-rays to study energy storage materials, such as lithium-ion batteries, under realistic operating conditions. In 2013, she became an associate staff scientist in the Materials Science Division at SLAC.



Have questions about Public Lecture: X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries? Contact SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

When & Where

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Kavli Auditorium
2575 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

  Add to my calendar
Public Lecture: X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries
Menlo Park, CA Events Seminar Science & Tech

Interested in hosting your own event?

Join millions of people on Eventbrite.

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.