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We are a research group jointly in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University.

We are always looking for dedicated and self-motivated graduate students. If you are interested please submit your CV here. Inquiries about our group or research are welcome as well.

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From Nanowerk:
Defect-free graphene might solve lithium-metal batteries' dendrite problem

(Nanowerk Spotlight) Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are the dominant technology not only for portable electronics but it also is becoming the battery of choice for electric-vehicle and electric-grid energy-storage applications...

From Advanced Science News:
How Graphene Defects Affect Lithium Metal Battery Performance

Lithium (Li) metal batteries (LMBs) are promising alternatives to Li-ion batteries (LIBs) given the much higher energy density associated with the lithium metal anode—the “Holy Grail” of electrodes. Energy-intensive applications that require longer operation times, like electric vehicles and drones, would take off if LMBs reach large-scale commercialization...

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Clarkson University Professor, Alumnus Secure Funding to Continue ...

Clarkson University News (press release) -Aug 22, 2018
Clarkson University's GE Chair in Oil and Gas Systems, David Mitlin and CEO of Enermat Technologies, David Hessler '67, have secured grant...
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Fast freezing reveals new insights into lithium battery degradation

Chemistry World-Aug 16, 2018
'These findings are transformative,' says David Mitlin, an electrochemist at Clarkson University, US. 'Hydrides are extremely brittle. If you are...

Job Opportunity: Ph.D. Students: Energy Storage Materials

Dave Mitlin's and Mario Wriedt's groups at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) have joint 5 year funded Ph.D. openings in energy - related carbon materials. The project is basic science and high impact factor publications are expected. This is an ideal opportunity for persons seeking an academic position in the long - term. The research will involve collaborating with a top tier Chinese university and some international travel. An ideal candidate will have prior first author publications in good journals and a materials chemistry background. Please contact D.M. directly if seeking admission to Chemical Engineering or M.W. directly if seeking admission to Chemistry. We thank you for your potential interest.

Download the job posting here.

Please contact Davewith your CV if you are interested.

Clarkson University’s Mitlin & Paek Win DOE Basic Energy Science Grant

Paek and Mitlin
Funding will further Understanding of High Energy–High Power Batteries Based on Sodium

What would happen if cars went all electric and there were ten or twenty more new Gigafactories built in the next decade? Or, what if lithium ion batteries (LIBs) went into widespread use for subway trains, busses, heavy trucks and solar energy power plants?

These transformative changes would slow down global warming, reduce urban pollution, and lead to thousands of new jobs. However, the demand for the batteries would outpace the supply, driving prices up.

Clarkson Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor David Mitlin and Assistant Professor Eunsu Paek have received a prestigious and highly competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences to perform research on high energy – high power battery materials that use sodium instead of lithium...

Read the rest of the article here.

Latest Battery Paper in the News

Dave goes on camera giving a tour of the lab for Fox News to talk about Jia's resently fetured paper in Energy and Environmental Science on Na-Se Batteries. See the video here:

Clarkson Professor Creates New Kind Of Battery

We were also excited to see this battery work featured in an article by Energy Storage Publishing entitled:

Farm waste helps professor conquer Na-Se technology

Battery Paper Published in Energy and Environmental Science

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Jia's paper, Exceptional Energy and New Insight with a Sodium–Selenium Battery Based on a Carbon Nanosheet Cathode and a Pseudographite Anode, has been published in Energy & Environmental Science and featured on the cover

In this article, a sodium-ion battery cathode was produced by loading carbon nanosheets with selenium. This cathode's performance was quite high with a reversible capacity of 613 mA h / g. Congratulations to all the authors and other people involved in this work.

See the paper here: doi: 10.1039/c6ee02274j

Moved to Clarkson University

Clarkson University

We are happy to announce a new home for the Mitlin Research Group at Clarkson University

The website has also moved to: http://www.mitlingroup.com. Expect to see new updates there.

The group is still functioning at the University of Alberta at this time as graduate students finishing up degrees and colaborations continue, but expect to research ramp up at Clarkson soon

Huanlei Wang's Paper Accepted in ACS Nano

Hemp TOC

Huanlei's paper, Interconnected Carbon Nanosheets Derived from Hemp for Ultrafast Supercapacitors with High Energy, has been accepted by ACS Nano for publication.

This research involved the synthesis and electrochemical testing of a unique carbon sheet nanostructure for applications in supercapacitors. The electrical performance of this nanostructure shows great promise for the use of supercapacitors in energy applications. Congratulations to everyone who helped on this project.

See the paper here: doi:10.1021/nn400731g

Chris Holt Forms Spin-off Company, Phase Sensors

Phase Sensors

Chris Holt, a recent PhD graduate from the Mitlin Research Group, has formed a new start up company Phase Sensors. His company plans to commercialize the sensor platform he developed during his PhD research. These sensors are able to detect the build up of foulent, a difficult to remove waste product, that occurs at various stages in the oil refining process.

Phase Sensors won over $100,000 in funding from various business plan competitions including $75,000 from the NanoBridge MNTorship, $12,000 from AVCatalyst and $7,500 from the VenturePrize Business Plan Competition hosted by TEC Edmonton. The formation of this startup highlights the success of scientific funding in Alberta in creating new economic growth through technological advancement from scientific research.

Visit the company website at: www.phasesensors.com

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