Fergus collaborates on battery technology research for NASA

Published: Nov 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Gail Riese, gail@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

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Jeffrey Fergus

Jeffrey W. Fergus, associate dean for program assessment and graduate studies in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, is collaborating with researchers from Xavier University of Louisiana, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Army Research Laboratory and NASA Glenn Center on a five-year, $5 million NASA-funded project.

The project, “Solid High Energy Lithium Battery,” aims to improve performance and safety of lithium batteries through the development of solid electrolyte materials, while engaging students in cutting-edge research to prepare them for careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Fergus, who has a faculty appointment in materials engineering, has been involved in high temperature and solid state chemistry of materials, including energy storage and conversion in fuel cells and batteries. This grant will provide $437,500 to support the work at Auburn University.

“I am excited at the opportunity to work with this outstanding team of investigators,” Fergus said. “This project will engage undergraduate and graduate students in addressing the critical challenge of developing safe and reliable batteries with high-energy-density storage capacity.”

NASA awarded 10 such grants nationally as part of its Minority University Research and Education Project. The goals of the program are to expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development; increase participation by faculty and students at minority serving institutions; and increase the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in NASA-related fields awarded to students from minority serving institutions.