9th Annual Battery Safety/14th Annual Lithium Battery Materials & Chemistries
Date: October 30 - November 2, 2018
Venue: Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, VA USA


Higher energy and higher use lead to higher risk. While research continues to boost the energy storage capability of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and leads to expanding applications and consumer use, the task of implementing effective safety strategies falls on regulatory authorities, cell manufacturers, R&D engineers, and forensic scientists. Accurate tests and models are critical for predicting and controlling the complex electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical behavior of LIBs while forensic investigations and regulations are required. The Battery Safety 2018 conference continues this vital dialogue to integrate and implement LIBs safety to meet ever-increasing energy demands.

Preliminary Agenda


FEATURED PRESENTATION: Cross-Platform Analysis to Improve Cell Design for Safety

Boryann Liaw, PhD, Department Manager, Energy Storage and Advanced Vehicles, Idaho National Laboratory

Battery Electrodes Designed to Improve Safety upon Collision or Impact

Nancy Dudney, PhD, Group Leader and Corporate Fellow, Material Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mechanically Triggered Battery Safety Mechanisms

Yu Qiao, PhD, Professor, Program of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego

Instrumented Commercial Lithium Batteries

Rohit Bhagat, PhD, FIMMM, Associate Professor, Head, Electrochemical Engineering Group, International Automotive Research Centre, WMG, University of Warwick

Interface and Interphase in Solid and Liquid Electrolyte Li-Ion Batteries

Chunsheng Wang, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland


Study of Structural Degradation Mechanisms in Lithium-Ion Battery Materials Using Multi-Length Scale, Electron Microscopy-Based Techniques

Alpesh Khushalchand Shukla, PhD, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, National Center of Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Understanding Battery Reactions via Real-Time Electron Microscopy

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Non-Destructively Locating Internal Short Spots in Lithium-Ion Batteries by Subsurface Electric Current Imaging

Kazuhiro Suzuki, PhD, Engineer, Evaluation and Analysis Technology Center, Toshiba Nanoanalysis Corporation


Battery Characterization and SOC/SOH Estimation

Saeid Habibi, PhD, Director, Centre for Mechatronic and Hybrid Technology (CMHT); Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University

Fatigue Life Prediction of a 12V Dual Li-Ion Battery in Vehicles

Kem M. Obasih, PhD, PE, Technical Leader - Thermal, Engineering Modeling & Simulation, Johnson Controls Advanced Power Solutions

Thermal Runaway Predictors for Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Rengaswamy (Srini) Srinivasan, PhD, Principal Professional Staff Scientist, Research and Exploratory Development, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University


Evaluating the Impact of Initiation Methods on Propagating Thermal Runaway in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Joshua Lamb, PhD, Principal Member, Technical Staff, Advanced Power Sources R&D, Sandia National Laboratories

Thermal Runaway Propagation Studies for Lithium-Ion Cells

Judith Jeevarajan, PhD, Research Director, Electrochemical Safety, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.

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