July 2, 2020: The US Department of Energy has awarded a scholarship to Missouri University of Science and Technology PhD student Julian Kosacki to study lead batteries at the Argonne National Laboratory.
Kosacki will study the electrochemical interfaces in the positive electrodes of lead batteries at atomic and molecular levels as part of his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. This will research material utilization and failure mechanisms in lead batteries.
Kosacki, who is one of 62 students in the US who have been chosen to develop their doctoral theses at the 1,700 acre (7km2) Argonne National Laboratory complex, has been working with NorthStar Battery researching advanced lead battery technologies in microgrid systems for solar-powered houses designed and built by university students.
He was scheduled to speak at the LABAT conference this year, which had to be rescheduled to next June because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re pleased to have Julian join us for this important work in achieving a better understanding of how lead batteries function and how they can be made more efficient and durable,” said Pietro Papa Lopes, one of Argonne’s staff scientists working on the Lead Battery Science Research Program under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with US lead battery manufacturers and suppliers.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to conduct part of my PhD research at Argonne,” said Kosacki. “The innovative tools and expertise at Argonne will assist me in studying the fundamental science of the lead battery and help develop new battery technologies and innovations.”