Purdue professors Jay P. Gore and Klein Ileleji traveling to Chinese University
May 29, 2009
This exchange is part of a larger research project supported by the Chinese National Academy and Academician Kifa Cen to support one professor, one graduate student and one center director to spend time at Zhejiang each year for the next five years. Klein Ileleji is Purdue’s project lead and both professors will give lectures on Purdue’s expertise in energy, biomass utilization and global sustainability.
Zhejiang University hosts the Chinese National Center for Bioenergy. It is located in the city of Hangzhou located approximately 111 miles from Shanghai.
July 21, 2016
The recent recall of hoverboards because of exploding lithium-ion batteries highlights the danger of overheating batteries. Amy Marconnet, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, can speak about the effects of excessive heating in batteries. Marconnet (pronounced mar-co-nay) founded the Marconnet Thermal and Energy Conversion Lab, where researchers are dissecting the batteries and testing materials making up electrodes and a critical component called a separator. (A video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTMA8sxZO0) Battery failures have been reported in products ranging from commercial airliners and laptops to hoverboards and cellphones. Chemical reactions in the batteries generate heat while discharging and charging. The separator is a layer of material between the positive and negative electrodes. When it fails due to high heat, the battery short-circuits and could explode.Read Full Story