"Energy Storage in Chicagoland: JCESR's New Paradigm for Battery R&D...and More!" - Dr. George Crabtree + 3 Other Panelists; Poster Session; Argonne Tour; Awards Meeting

Created by Josh Kurutz on May 28, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Bolingbrook Golf Club; 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Starts at 5:00 PM · Ends on Jun 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz
  • Avrom Litin

2014-06_AllSpeakers-VERT_300w.pngThe Chicago Section ACS has an action-packed program with a scientific focus on battery research at Argonne's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The main event is a panel discussion led by JCESR Director Dr. George Crabtree, and is followed by Argonne battery researchers Dr. Karena Chapman and Dr. Lynn Trahey. The talks will be capped by Mil Ovan, CMO at Navitas - a corporate partner that develops Argonne's exciting scientific discoveries into real-world commercial products. Our poster session will showcase battery and other clean energy research at universities and startup enterprises from greater Chicagoland. Erntrepreneurs and investors are welcome.

This will also be our Awards meeting, where we will proudly present our long-serving board member Frank Jarzembowski with the Distinguished Service Award, and give our 50- and 60-year members their Service awards. Our Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) will also be organizing tours of the Argonne facilities for everyone interested (not just the younger members. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED).

  • 3:00 - 5:00 Tours of Argonne with the YCC
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  • 5:00 - 6:30 Social Hour with cash bar and Poster Session
  • 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner (see MENU below)
  • 7:30 -          General Meeting 
    • Dr. Josh Kurutz, Chicago ACS Chair: Welcome
    • Susan Shih, Distinguished Service Award comittee chair: Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Frank Jarzembowski
    • Presentation of Awards to 50- and 60-year Members
    • Dr. Crabtree: "JCESR’s New Paradigm for Battery R&D" - One Year Later" (~30 min)
    • Dr. Chapman: "Solutions From Hard X-rays" (~10 min)
    • Dr. Trahey: "In Situ Imaging of Battery Materials at APS". (~10 min)
    • Mr. Ovan: "Partnering With Argonne to Develop Tomorrow's Commercial Batteries". (~10 min)


ABSTRACT (Dr. Crabtree)

jcesrThe Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) develops transformational concepts and technologies for portable electricity storage for transportation and stationary electric storage for the electricity grid.  JCESR looks beyond today’s Li-ion technology to innovative next generation energy storage materials and phenomena to achieve factors of five higher performance and lower cost.  These aggressive targets are essential to enable next generation energy technologies such as wide deployment of electric vehicles, integration of wind and solar generation on the grid, and designer microgrids tailored to serve local needs.
JCESR will leave three legacies:

  1. a library of fundamental science of the materials and phenomena of energy storage at atomic and molecular levels,
  2. transformational prototypes at the research and proof-of-concept stages for transportation and the grid, and
  3. a new paradigm for battery research that integrates discovery science, battery design, research prototyping and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization. 

JCESR’s new paradigm will significantly accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and shorten the time from conception to commercialization for next generation batteries.JCESR’s research progress and future directions will be highlighted.


  • Mesclun Mixed Greens - Served with endive, chrry tomatoes, shaved red onion, sugared walnuts, dried cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Choice of entree
    • Chicken Picatta - Lightly Flavoured and Seared Breast of Chicken topped with a White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce and Capers
    • Teriyaki Glazed Salmon - 6 oz. Salmon Fillet topped with an Orange Teriyaki Glaze
    • Pasta Primavera (vegetarian)
  • Steamed asparagus spears
  • Baked potato
  • Warm rolls & butter
  • Coffee
  • Carrot cake


Dr. George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors.  This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment.  He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Crabtree has served as Director of the Materials Science Division at Argonne, as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, as Chair of advisory committees for DOE and NSF research centers and as Editor of several review issues of Physica C devoted to superconductivity. He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 17,000 career citations, and has given over 150 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences.  His research interests include next generation battery materials, sustainable energy, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, and highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, materials under extreme environments, basic science for energy technology, and computational materials and chemistry for economic competitiveness.  He co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Dr. Karena Chapman is a Chemist in the X-ray Science Division of Argonne. She earned her Bachelors and Ph.D. at the Unviersity of Sydney, and has since worked at Argonne as a postdoctoral appointee, a Compton Postrodoral Fellow, and an Assistnat Chemist. Her research interests include Metal-organic framework materials; Coordination framework materials; Nanoporous materials; Host-guest chemistry; Gas storage materials; Zeolites; Negative thermal expansion materials; Spin crossover framework materials; Supported catalysts; Nanoparticles; Pressure-induced behavior, Pair distribution function analysis; High-energy X-ray scattering; In-situstudies under non-ambient conditions; High pressure X-ray scattering; X-ray and neutron powder diffraction; Single-crystal structural analysis.

Dr. Lynn Trahey joined Argonne’s electrochemical energy storage department as an assistant materials scientist in 2010, and recently earned an  recently received an Early Career Research Award. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied thermoelectric materials. While undertaking her postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University, she began working with Argonne scientists on Li-ion batteries. At Argonne, she has designed and carried out independent research on next-generation Li-ion battery anodes. She has also developed in situ battery characterization techniques at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source and managed projects on Li-air batteries.

Mil Ovan is Chief Marketing Officer for Navitas. He is responsible for the overall marketing programs of the company. Mr. Ovan brings 30 years of experience focused on bringing discontinuous world-changing new technologies to global marketplaces. Mr. Ovan has built and run start-up companies, and has created new divisions at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Navitas, Mr. Ovan was a Principal of Nova Associates, providing marketing and business development consulting to renewable energy and advanced material companies. Prior to Nova Associates, Mr. Ovan previously served as SVP/ co-founder of Firefly Energy, a $50M start-up company which developed a next generation battery technology originally incubated at Caterpillar. Prior to Firefly, Mr. Ovan served as President and Co-founder of Verascape, a $10 million start-up providing voice recognition infrastructure to major enterprises and carriers. Prior to Verascape, Mr. Ovan was VP of Marketing & Business Development for a broadband-on-demand company called WarpSpeed Communications, a $30 million Bay Area start-up funded by AT&T, 3COM, and New Enterprise Associates. Before WarpSpeed, Mr. Ovan spent 12 years at Motorola, at the forefront in the creation and/or advancement of new communications categories such as Cellular Systems, Wireless LANs and Wireless PDAs. Just prior to leaving Motorola, he was co-founder and executive director of the Wireless Broadband Systems division. Mr. Ovan received an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Elmhurst College.

Bolingbrook Golf Club; 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60490

2001 Rodeo Dr. Bolingbrook, IL United States