Missouri University of Science and Technology has been awarded a $999,997 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve cathode performance in lithium-air batteries.
The Missouri S&T grant is part of a $106 million effort to make electric cars more affordable and to produce advanced biofuels more efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight. Vice President Joe Biden announced the funding April 29.
Dr. Yangchuan Xing, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Missouri S&T, is leading the research at S&T. According to Xing, the three-year project will seek to dramatically improve lithium-air cathode performance through the development of a new electrode structure.
“If successful, this project will re-establish U.S. technology leadership for long range, all-electric vehicles,” Xing says.