Chibueze Amanchukwu, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering, has received the 2021-2022 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship, which supports faculty under 45 who are pursuing innovative electrochemical research in renewable energy.
Established in 2014 through a partnership between the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA), the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship awards winning applicants $50,000 in funding to pursue a proposed project.
“It is really exciting to receive the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Award,” said Amanchukwu. “It allows us to branch into new areas related to solid-state electrolytes that could be transformative for lithium batteries.”
Amanchukwu’s proposal is to design, synthesize, and characterize novel polymer electrolytes that can be used in solid-state lithium batteries. To date, solid-state lithium batteries have been elusive on an industrial scale, partly due to their inorganic solid-state electrolytes, which have poor mechanical properties. The goal of Amanchukwu’s polymer electrolytes is to overcome that shortfall through novel polymer discovery and synthesis.