New faculty member continues work into advanced lithium battery research
Mar 20, 2012
In order for Mizzou’s advantages to thrive, world-class faculty is a must. This story focuses on a new professor conducting important research in sustainable energy by producing a more efficient battery.
From College of Engineering
The newest face among the chemical engineering faculty in the University of Missouri College of Engineering is no stranger to academia. Associate Professor Yangchuan Xing joined Mizzou Engineering after 10 years at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Xing brings with him his current research, which focuses on energy conversion and storage. The project is funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (DOE ARPA-E) and aims to develop new lithium-air batteries.
The $1.2 million grant is part of ARPA-E’s Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation (BEEST) program. In the past year and a half, Xing and his team at Missouri S&T worked on the battery’s air cathode, the part of the battery where oxygen reacts with lithium to create electricity.
The aim is to make this type of battery applicable to electric vehicles — providing a more efficient and more powerful energy source for those cars and achieving a longer mileage range and a lower cost. More…