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Battery Anxiety

Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

Frontiers of Engineering: Battery Anxiety Report from the 2014 Symposium on Leading-Edge Engineering – National Academy of Engineering

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course content.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, the student will understand the:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for all engineers.

Benefit to Attendee

Attendee of this course will understand the nature of the challenges involved in the development of future energy storage systems.

Course Introduction

In 2014 approximately 82 percent of energy use in the United States consumes fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and natural gas. In terms of sustainability, minimizing dependence on fossil fuel and reducing carbon dioxide emissions are compelling arguments for the electrification of vehicles and to augment the electric grid infrastructure. This course explores future energy storage needs through fundamental and applied materials research.

Batteries are fundamentally compromises among safety, energy density, power density, cost and lifetime. The materials required for batteries are actors in this compromise. This course presents the many ways materials can be engineered to exploit or mitigate systematic coupling and the ways systems can be engineered to exploit their properties and address material limitations.

Course Content

The course content consists of the four sections listed below of the Frontiers of Engineering: Battery Anxiety Report from the 2014 Symposium on Leading-Edge Engineering – National Academy of Engineering.

Battery Anxiety

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Course Summary

This course has presented a discussion of future energy storage needs in terms of fundamental and applied materials research strategies. These research strategies include improvements in battery life, safety, battery manufacturing cost and reliability and grid storage as well as the challenges of adapting battery chemistries and large-scale manufacturing for electric vehicles.  

Additional Information

The section provides additional resources for those who are interested in pursuing further study of battery technologies.

Major Conference

International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB) - claims to be the premier international conference on the state of lithium battery science and technology, as well as current and future applications in transportation, commercial, aerospace, biomedical and other promising sectors.


Materials Research Society


Journal of Power Sources

Journal of the Electrochemical Society



Gianfranco Pistoia, Lithium-Ion Batteries: Advances and Applications, Elsevier, 2014.

Phillip Weicker, A Systems Approach to Lithium-Ion Battery Management, Artech House, 2013.

Masaki Yoshio and Ralph J. Brodd, Lithium-Ion Batteries: Science and Technologies, Springer, 2009.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.