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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.




SPEC Announcements


Exciting News from 2019 SPEC Summit

October 11, 2019 - The Dean of Jacobs School, Dr Albert P. Pisano gave his welcome address and shared the exciting progress on the new upcoming Franklin Antonio Hall Building. Full Story


Liquefied gas electrolyte highlighted in Physicsworld

July 10, 2019 - Yang from Prof. Meng's group recently published in Joule and got highlighted in Physicsworld! Full Story


Researchers determine optimum pressure to improve the performance of lithium metal batteries

Researchers determine optimum pressure to improve the performance of lithium metal batteries

October 18, 2021

A team of materials scientists  and chemists has determined the proper stack pressure that lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, need to be subjected to during battery operation in order to produce optimal performance. The team, which includes researchers from the University of California San Diego, Michigan State University, Idaho National Laboratory and the General Motors Research and Development Center, presents their findings in the Oct. 18 issue of Nature Energy.   Full Story


DOE awards UC San Diego nanoengineers $1.25M to improve batteries for EVs

DOE awards UC San Diego nanoengineers $1.25M to improve batteries for EVs

September 27, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $1.25 million to nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego to improve the electrolytes that carry ions in lithium-sulfur batteries. The researchers will partner with General Motors and Ampcera Inc, a solid-state battery materials and technology company.    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.


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