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UIC Energy Initiative Newsletter - June 2018






Lithium-ion batteries are expanding well beyond their initial market in personal electronics, to encompass electric vehicles, the electricity grid and some forms of electric flight. The new applications require higher performance, lower cost and greater safety than smartphones, laptops, and tablets. 


George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research discusses challenges, opportunities, and applications of Lithium-ion batteries. Join this exciting discussion, don't miss out on this opportunity. For more details, click here






Dr. Elizabeth A. Kocs, Director of The Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be speaking in a session on "Blockchain and Grid Modernization." The panelists will also focus on the potential benefits, values and uses for, as well as key technological and regulatory challenges facing blockchain as a commercially viable and utility-ready product.

Below are the esteemed panelists for the event:


Enter the special discount code UIC when registering for 20% off. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! For more information on this event, click here


 2018 Li-SM3 Conference


George Crabtree, JCESR Director, delivers 2018 Li-SM3 keynote on April 25

The 2018 Li-SM3 Conference took place at the Wyndham Grand Riverfront in Chicago on April 25-26. This was the third annual conference and the first one held in the United States. The conference was organized by JCESR, Oxis Energy, and Imperial College London, with more than 110 participants in attendance, including industry representatives, national laboratories, graduate students, postdocs and other experts in the field.


The conference kicked off with an event at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 24. The day included talks on energy storage research at UIC and Argonne and tours at the Illinois Institute of Technology where the group observed a microgrid and solar installation. The day concluded with a tour at Millennium Park for an architecture overview and the Array of Things node technology.

To know more about what's happening in JCESR, click here




Join us in Chicago for our 8th annual program, (re)new, from August 9-22, 2018. There is no program fee, everyone that participates receives lodging on campus free of charge, and there are travel scholarships available for many traveling to Chicago. 

How to apply | Online Application hereUpload Documents here 

For more information, click here

Hurry up, last day of application is June 15, 2018



In the last 120 years, rapid urbanization has brought about an amazing societal transformation. In the past, 80 percent of the world's population lived in rural areas; now, the reverse is true. Argonne scientist Ralph Muehleisen discusses key questions like how science and engineering’s impact on the future of cities and what role will scientists and engineers have in remaking today's cities for tomorrow? Don't miss out on this Lecture Series!


May 31, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

APS Conference Center, Bldg. 402
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Lemont, Illinois 60439


6:30-7 p.m. Reception, scientific posters, light snacks and food available for purchase

7-8 p.m. Lecture and audience Q&A

To register, click here. If you have questions about the OutLoud Lecture Series, please contact on 630-252-5501 or