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01-30-2017

Clarkson University Professor Invents New Type of Battery

A new high-energy, high-power battery that is both inexpensive and green has been created, thanks to Clarkson University Professor / GE Chair in Oil and Gas Systems David Mitlin.

David MitlinMitlin, a professor of both chemical & biomolecular engineering and mechanical & aeronautical engineering, has invented a unique sodium-selenium carbon nanosheet battery that has a higher energy than existing sodium batteries and is competitive with lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are rapidly advancing as an essential green energy technology powering electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, portable electronics and grid energy storage, but sodium-ion batteries also have garnered increasing interest for their low cost and wide availability of sodium.

The research has been featured on the cover of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Energy and Environmental Science for January. The journal links all aspects of the chemical, physical and biotechnological sciences relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science.

The article, "Exceptional energy and new insight with a sodium-selenium battery based on a carbon nanosheet cathode and a pseudographite anode," appears in the Volume 10, Number 1 issue of Energy and Environmental Science.

The journal is ranked as the top energy journal in the world by Thomson Reuters InCites Journal Citation Reports and has a journal impact factor of 25.

Read the article at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2017/ee/c6ee02274j .

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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