Scientist assembling components of a pouch cell inside an air-tight glove box.

Improving Battery Safety

Solid polymer electrolytes (PILBLOCs) provide an attractive alternative to the current liquid or gel-based ones, as they result in safer batteries.
Block copolymers are good candidates for this application, since each block can be tailored to promote conductivity and provide mechanical strength. In addition to solid electrolytes, we are investigating the utility of these polymers as binders and separators.