German Chemist Receives Japan Society Award for Work on New Energy Storage Materials; High-Performance Carbon Materials May Enable Advances in Wind & Solar Power, and Also Electric Cars

The chemist Professor Stefan Kaskel (photo) of the Technical University of Dresden (TUD) in Germany has been awarded an Award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for his scientific work on new energy storage materials. The award is connected with a four-week research stay in Osaka, Japan. Professor Kaskel will begin this exchange in spring 2016. At the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Osaka, Professor Kaskel will meet with Professor Xu Qiang. Professor Kaskel is looking forward to meeting with Professor Qiang to exchange new results in chemical materials research, and to initiate new cooperations with Japan in the battery field. Professor Kaskel is specialized in the field of new batteries and gas storage materials. His research focus is on high-performance carbon materials. These porous, nano-structured materials have a very high specific surface. Thereby, they could well play a key role in the future developments of lithium-sulfur batteries and other new energy storage systems. While the electrodes in current lithium-ion batteries often only achieve a specific surface area of about 1,500 square meters per gram of material, the new carbon materials could enable achievement of more than 3,000 square meters per gram, Professor Kaskel believes. This could double the energy density of future battery systems. And the energy density of batteries is critical for the range of future electric cars, or for the use of lithium-sulfur batteries as an energy buffer for wind or solar power systems. Professor Kaskel is 46 years old. He holds the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry on the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the TUD. He works also at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) Dresden.
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