497-241: Fabrication and Commercialization of High Power Li-ion Batteries

Meeting Days/Time
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm
Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) at Illinois Tech and the Rowe Family Endowment Fund
Leon Shaw (MMAE) (lshaw@iit.edu)
Appropriate Majors
All interested students are welcome
Technological Innovation

Li-ion batteries that power cell phones and electric vehicles today require long charging time (from one hour to several hours). However, there are critical needs to shorten the charging time to a few minutes for cell phones and to less than 30 minutes for electric vehicles. Short charging time will greatly benefit consumers and pave the way for broad market penetration of electric vehicles.

The purpose of this IPRO project is to fabricate high power Li-ion batteries that can address the deficiency of long charging time, and to conduct analysis of markets and prospective customers that can support product introduction to the marketplace.

The IPRO team and project will be organized to simulate how new technology gets developed and introduced into the marketplace. Students will be organized in three teams: electrode synthesis and characterization team, battery fabrication and testing team, and project marketing and commercialization team. Team members will gain perspectives and experience in becoming:

  • effective and responsible members of an interdisciplinary team
  • good communicators in both technical and non-technical aspects of the project to key stakeholders
  • excellent engineers with skills in designing and conducting experiments, and
  • productive project managers in delivering desired and planned outcomes with time and resource constraints, including a set of ethical standards developed by the IPRO team members.
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