Dow Chemical funds UW research team investigating next-generation batteries

The Dow Chemical Company has pledged $3 Million in funding over a 5-year period to a UW research team investigating next-generation cathodes for lithium ion batteries. 

The research team is headed by Professor Robert Hamers (Dept. of Chemistry) and includes Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa (Dept. of Chemistry), Prof. Thomas Kuech (Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering), and Prof. Dane Morgan (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering).

The research team will be investigating the chemical and physical stabilization of cathodes made from Lithium Nickel Manganese Oxide ("NMO"). New cathode materials are an integral part of next-generation batteries for use in applications such hybrid- and all-electric vehicles.

The pledge is part of Dow's commitment to donate a total of $25 million per year for 10 years, for a total of $250 million, to advance research and development at 11 U.S. universities, including UW-Madison.   For more about Dow's University Partnership, click here.