From conception to production. The MET helps industry and education develop the next generation of energy efficient and sustainable materials.
Materials and Energy Technologies Service Center
The mission of the Materials and Energy Technologies (MET) Service Center is to enable research and education on advanced materials science and engineering within Conn Center and University of Louisville with potential benefits to the global community, and support the growth of regional industry through advanced materials science and engineering.
The Conn Center MET Service Center maintains a comprehensive capability for characterizing both inorganic and soft materials using a variety of microscopy, spectroscopy, and diffraction tools. Over a period of more than 10 years, the lab’s comprehensive facility has been acquired using support from a variety of sources such as local industry, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and infrastructure grants from several federal agencies such as the US Army, National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Department of Energy (DOE). One of the goals of the Conn Center is to maintain this comprehensive laboratory as a core facility for UofL researchers, extramural researchers from across the state, and regional industry users. To accomplish this goal, a University-Industry Service Center was established for facilitating industry interactions with the Conn Center.
Our Faculty and Staff
The main question one can ask is how is this relevant to renewable energy research. My answer is very simple. The properties of materials and materials development is at the very core of renewable energy research, because materials are used at every stage of renewable energy technology.Jacek Jasinski, Theme Leader Conn Center Materials Characterization Facility
Electrochemical testing is conducted to evaluate the effect of annealing atmosphere on electrochemical performance. It is shown that annealing in nitrogen and then in air results in excellent capacity retention with minimal, 4–8% capacity loss after 150 cycles. LiMn1.99Ce0.01O4 samples prepared that way display better high rate performance in comparison with pristine LiMn2O4.
The application of this method for the synthesis of undoped and nitrogen-doped 3D carbons in the form of carbon nanocages and multilayer graphene foams is discussed and example results of characterization of these materials are presented.
All are Welcome
The MET Service Center can assist academic users, large industry and small business. Memberships are also available.