You’ve reached the homepage of the Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, led by Professor Cary Pint. We represent a group of engineers with diverse backgrounds aimed to solve multidisciplinary problems at the forefront of innovation in energy systems.
Our goal is to combine creativity, vision, and ambition into research outcomes that have impact on game-changing technology in areas related to energy science. We use the research lab as a living classroom, with strong involvement of undergraduate and high school students in high impact published projects. Graduate students foster leadership skills and are immersed in an environment that is designed to straddle the space between the energy solutions of tomorrow, and materials that can be produced in the laboratory environment today.
We are inspired by the principle that innovations in technology can often be traced to enabling advances in energy storage and delivery systems. We are passionate about pursuing both conventional and unconventional routes to achieve excellence in our efforts. We believe that innovation is catalyzed by collaboration, and we strive to foster interactions with other researchers to stimulate productivity and impact of our work.
Some Recent News Flashes and Advances from our Work:
A snippet of our research efforts on Youtube focused on integrated energy storage systems: Click here for Youtube Video
A Steel-Brass Junkyard Battery
featuring work by Nitin Muralidharan and Andrew Westover who built upon inspiration from the ancient Baghdad battery and produced ultrafast batteries competitive in energy density to lead-acid batteries, using junkyard metals repurposed with chemicals that can be found in the household. Published in ACS Energy Letters.
Turning Carbon Dioxide into Batteries!
featuring a collaboration between our group and Prof. Stuart Licht’s group at GWU. Pint lab co-authors include Anna Douglas and Rachel Carter. (March, 2016)
Published in ACS Central Science – open access here.
Fool’s gold could mean faster charging batteries!
featuring work by Anna Douglas (formerly Anna Sandberg) and coauthors Rachel Carter, Landon Oakes, Keith Share, and Adam Cohn – all from the Pint group. (November, 2015)
Published in ACS Nano – open access here.
Other Recent and Exciting Events in our Lab:
February 2017 Congratulations to Rachel Carter for her work published in Nano Letters entitled, “A Sugar Derived Room Temperature Sodium Sulfur Battery with Long Term Cycling Stability” and corresponding press release that was independently picked up through IOP’s Nanotechweb.org. Notably, this paper was also one of the Most Read papers in Nano Letters during the month of February and early March, and describes a process to produce sodium sulfur batteries from (very cheap!) table sugar, bulk sodium, and bulk sulfur that involve a stable anode-electrolyte-cathode configuration that results in excellent cycling performance. Go Rachel!
December 2016 Congratulations to Anna Douglas for being named as a finalist for the ORNL Innovation Crossroads entrepreneurial accelerator program. She has made it through two rounds of selection processes and is in the final pool of candidates who will compete for final positions in mid-January. Anna is striving to commercialize her technology for a carbon-negative manufacturing scheme for high value nanomaterials to launch her company, SkyNano. Go Anna!
December 2016 Congratulations to Andrew Westover for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis, and accepting an offer as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Nancy Dudney – a world leader in solid state energy storage technology. Andrew was the 2nd student to join the Pint team, and had a distinguished research portfolio that included on-site collaborative research experiences at the University of Tokyo (Japan) and Bar Ilan University (Israel), and was a finalist for the highly competitive Director’s fellowship at ORNL.
November 2016 Graduate students Adam Cohn and Keith Share are at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston sharing their work that ranges from potassium ion batteries, metal ion cointercalation, sodium metal anodes, and in-situ battery studies. Great job guys!
November 2016 Prof. Pint gave an invited talk at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a DOE facility housing many of the top world leaders in batteries and nanomaterials, discussing the Pint team efforts in sulfur cathodes, strain engineering, and metal anodes.
September 2016 Congratulations to Landon Oakes for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis and accepting an offer from PPG Industries to work as a Research Scientist. Landon will put his skills developed in our lab to work at PPG including scalable electrophoretic manufacturing and battery applications. Good luck!
August 2016 Prof. Pint just gave an invited talk at the 252nd Annual ACS Meeting in the symposium focused on recent advances in 2D materials. Pint’s talk detailed efforts on building 2-D interfaces for strain engineering, highlighting the novel findings of the team at the intersection of electrochemistry and mechanics. The talk was very well received and received a lot of positive feedback afterward!