The Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage (CEES) is an inter-university/interdepartmental center with three major goals:
- Development of advanced lithium ion and multivalent ion batteries
- The development of rechargeable metal-air batteries, and
- Development of reversible low and elevated temperature fuel cells
The Skoltech CEES, established in 2013, includes 17 faculty members from the Skolkovo Institute for Science and Technology* (Skoltech), Moscow State University (MSU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Skoltech CEES combines MSU expertise in theory, electrochemistry and materials synthesis, and MIT investigators who have significantly contributed to a burst of innovation in electrochemical energy material and device design with overall leadership from Skoltech.
Electrochemical energy storage devices and systems can be used to dramatically improve the efficiency of grid-level energy use, through load leveling and power-shaping. These devices can also serve as energy buffers to increase the efficient use of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and water that are intermittent in nature. They also offer the promise of shifting transportation uses of fossil fuels entirely to cleaner and more efficient sources. Advances in the technology of electrochemical energy storage devices are also powering the explosion in use of mobile information and communication devices that is transforming world culture.
At MIT the Skoltech CEES draws upon faculty from the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students are available for UROP projects and thesis research. There are also a limited number of postdoctoral research positions.
* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.