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Berkeley Lab’s Electrolyte Genome Accelerates Battery Materials Discovery

LBNL 2016 1438988495

The Electrolyte Genome is a faster, more efficient way for next-generation battery researchers to screen potential electrolyte materials. Researchers specify desired properties and, using high-throughput computing, the Electrolyte Genome proposes a short list of candidates. Over 15,000 electrolyte molecules have been calculated to date, a process that would take decades using traditional synthesis and testing techniques.

Funded by the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, the Electrolyte Genome was developed by Kristin Persson and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.

Berkeley Lab has likened it to “a Google-like database of molecules,” in which a battery scientist can search for an electrolyte with the specific attributes he or she needs, and get a short list of promising candidates within moments.

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