Professor Krystyn Van Vliet's lab has a new Summer Scholar for 2016! Erica Eggleton has come to MIT's DMSE to make and test lithium manganese oxide electrodes.
Eggleton is studying the type of fatigue that makes lithium ion batteries less efficient over time. “We’re studying whether this is based off of certain stresses, cracking or fractures and how that’s affecting the overall efficiency of the battery. I know I’m going to be working on making different types of electrodes and then I will look at them using SEM [scanning electron microscopy] to analyze the film properties,” Eggleton says.
Graduate student Frank McGrogan, left, is supervising the work of Summer Scholar Erica Eggleton on LMO electrodes for lithium ion batteries in the Van Vliet Lab. Photo, Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center.