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Justin Whetten

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Materials Science & Engineering

Next Generation Composite Polymer Solid Electrolytes

Mentor: Candace Chan
FURI: Spring 2018

Solid lithium lanthanum zirconate (LLZO) shows to be a promising candidate to replace dangerous liquid electrolytes and increase overall battery properties to meet our increasing need for energy storage. This research focuses on synthesizing LLZO through nano-synthesis methods. This research then extended to implementing the nanoceramic into a polymer composite matrix to synergistically increase Lithium ion transport in battery device fabrication while lowering the amount of reactive, expensive, and toxic ingredients. It was found through varying the concentrations of each composite element that the conductivity could be controlled and manipulated.