Thomas Callaway, a materials science graduate student, recently presented at a conference.
The Materials Research Society Spring Meeting was April 22-26 in Phoenix, Arizona.
About Callaway’s research
Callaway presented on his master’s thesis research about batteries. Dr. Saibal Mitra, a PAMS professor, is his adviser.
“Many modern devices utilize liquid lithium ion batteries as a source of power,” Callaway said. “However, these batteries have a few drawbacks such as runaway thermal reactions, meaning they are easily combustible.”
Callaway synthesized a solid lithium-based electrolyte that was more stable.
He wants to test these samples to see their uses in batteries and in energy saving electrochromatic windows. Electrochromatic windows are windows that electronically tint without blinds.
Callaway enjoyed presenting. He also networked, listened to presentations and enjoyed a material science art gallery.