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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.


Recent News


Researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from lithium-ion batteries

UC San Diego researchers have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. The new process is safer and uses less energy than their previous method in restoring cathodes to their original capacity and cycle performance. Full Story


Faculty celebrated for extraordinary teaching, research and service

Three Jacobs School of Engineering faculty are among the six UC San Diego faculty members who will be honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community. Full Story




SPEC Announcements


Check our new CMRR materials characterization facility

March 12, 2019 - This facility provides access to an array of state-of-the-art equipment for nanomaterial characterization, including XRD, XPS, Hall effect, UV-Vis, AFM/MFM, SEM, etc. Facility Site


Science Nation video: Batteries of the future made with salt

February 09, 2019 - NSF founded sodium battery research in Prof. Shirley Meng's group was recently featured in Science Nation video, which is a video series commissioned by the NSF Office. 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.