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New concepts for better rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Vilas G. Pol Vilas G. Pol
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Vilas Pol, professor of engineering, can speak about innovative concepts concerning rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. He has led research into a new electrode fabrication and battery-cell design for rechargeable lithium-ion, lithium-sulfur and sodium-ion batteries to potentially lengthen battery life between charges and reduce charging time from hours to minutes. 

Pol is an associate professor of chemical engineering and associate professor of materials engineering by courtesy, and leader of the Vilas Pol Energy Research (ViPER) Group and Laboratory. Since 2014, the ViPER laboratory has served as Purdue's premier, self-contained center for electrode materials preparation, battery fabrication, characterization, and testing. 

Pol can discuss:

  • The promise, challenges, and progress of developing better lithium-ion, sodium-ion, and lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries.
  • The need for better batteries in a range of products and applications including: lightweight, transparent, or flexible electronics; and electric or hybrid vehicles.
  • Recycling or "upcycling" initiatives to transform waste trash materials into high-value materials.
  • Multidisciplinary applications for his unique-morphology materials, including mechanical lubrication, energy storage, health science, photonics and thermoelectric. 

Contact: Vilas G. Pol, 765-494-0044,

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