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We research and develop higher-performance and lower-cost materials and devices for energy generation, storage and conversion. Our target industries are electric vehicles, microgrids, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, wearable power devices, and more.

UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.

At every point along the way, we train and mentor our students to become tomorrow’s workforce for green and advanced energy.


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UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies

Sep 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. The team involves Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego-based company that develops and manufactures energy storage and power delivery solutions.   Learn more  


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Close-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle

Jul 17, 2018 - Engineers at the University of California San Diego have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for nearly a century. The discovery also enriches fundamental understanding of general grain boundaries that often control the mechanical and physical properties of polycrystalline materials.   Learn more  


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Research from Professor Shirley Meng's group is featured on Nature Energy Cover

August 10, 2018 - Recently, our research on the Voltage Fade in Lithium-Rich NMC Cathode Materials was Published in Nature Energy. Full Story


Energy Applications of Ionic Materials

February 22, 2018 - Prof. Doug MacFarlane from Monash University is giving a seminar on "Energy Applications of Ionic Materials." March 16th, Friday at 10 AM in Jack Keil Wolf Auditorium in CMRR ... Full Story

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Real-world challenges inform our fundamental research. The Sustainable Power and Energy Center works closely with industry partners.
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UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.