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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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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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What's causing the voltage fade in Lithium-rich NMC cathode materials?

Jul 16, 2018 - Researchers led by a University of California San Diego team have published work in the journal Nature Energy that explains what’s causing the performance-reducing “voltage fade” that currently plagues a promising class of cathode materials called Lithium-rich NMC (nickel magnesium cobalt) layered oxides.   Learn more  


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SPEC Announcements

Energy Applications of Ionic Materials

Feb 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 Learn more  


Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems for Vehicle Electrification

Jul 17, 2017 - Dr. Mei Cai from General Motors is giving a seminar on "Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems for Vehicle Electrification." July 17th, Monday at 2 PM in Cymer Conference Center, SME Learn more  


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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.