Nathan Fonseca

Engineering (mechanical systems)

Hometown: San Tan Valley, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022

Additional details: First-generation college student

Nathan Fonseca
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FURI | Spring 2022

3D-Printing Ceramic-Based Solid-State Electrolytes

The current lab production of Solid-State Electrolyte (SSE) for lithium-ion batteries is limited to planar geometries and random porosities. Although SSE has shown improvements, it still faces dendrite propagation issues. Additive manufacturing, known for its rapid prototyping, enables the materials and hierarchies to be modified to mechanically avert dendrite propagation and prevent further degradation of batteries. Finding an ideal patterning configuration to efficiently block the dendrite growth while maintaining a safe, high-energy-density solid-state is our ultimate goal. Therefore, studies will be tailored into bridging the gap between laboratory studies and commercialization via additive manufacturing technologies.

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