Laboratory for Electrochemical Materials & Devices @ DGIST

"From the fundamentals to its practical designs for smaller and ultralight batteries"

3S (Superiority, Safety, and Sustainability) for Future Energy Solution

Thanks for reaching out! This is research website of the laboratory for electrochemical materials & devices (LEMD) led by Prof. Hongkyung Lee (이홍경) in the Department of Energy Science & Engineering at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST). We performs "advanced battery research" at the intersection of chemistry, interface, materials science, and engineering. Our research is aim to to build a better battery to solve complex energy-related environmental challenges. To achieve our goals, we are not only exploring a new battery chemistry and most suitable materials to realize the advanced battery systems, but also going to reveal the fundamentals on the interface phenomena within various electrochemical cells. We are further looking for possible pathway to open up the practical applicability of the proposed concepts and materials.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from influences in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, physics and chemistry. The research lab is now under construction to be capable to use a variety of tools for advanced functional materials coating, including atomic layer deposition (ALD), a wide range of characterization tools, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high-resolution electron microscopy, and optical and x-ray spectroscopy. Our work is funded by a wide range of federal and industry sponsors, and we will collaborate with research groups in Universities and National Laboratories throughout the world.

Recent Highlights (See full publication list)


Prototyping next-generation battery: Revealing different Li anode structural evolution processes under real pouch cell condition

Niu and Lee et al. Nature Energy (2019).

Bridging the gap from labs to applications: Towards the consistence and reproducibility of Lithium metal battery research

Chen, Niu and Lee et al. Joule (2019).

Chemical "cross-talk" behavior of rechargeable Li metal battery and its detrimental effects on the cycling performance and reliability

Lee et al. ACS Energy Letters (2018).

Looking around the edge: Revealing unexpected Li loss at pressure-free Li metal surface and its impact on battery cycling

Lee et al. ChemSusChem (2018).

Dendrite-inhibiting Janus-faced battery separator: Being electrically conductive for Li dendrite morphology control

Lee et al. Adv. Funct. Mater. (2017).

Towards sustainability: synergistic combination of redox-mediated oxygen cathode and protected Li anode in Li-oxygen batteries

Lee et al. Adv. Mater. (2016).

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