Nano4EARTH Roundtable Discussion on Batteries and Energy Storage

September 26, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Online and L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C.

The Nano4EARTH roundtable discussion on batteries and energy storage aims to identify fundamental knowledge gaps, needs, and opportunities to advance current electrification goals. By convening stakeholders from different sectors, backgrounds, and expertise the goal of this roundtable is to identify applicable lessons across the spectrum of technologies, discuss system-specific needs, scalability and commercialization challenges, and potential paths forward. These needs could have a near-term impact on energy efficiency, sustainable development, and climate change. The moderated discussion will tackle all aspects of the topic – ranging from exciting R&D opportunities to commercialization challenges – by featuring a small group of experts from different sectors and backgrounds.

This roundtable is a critical part of the Nano4EARTH National Nanotechnology Challenge, which aims to leverage recent investments in understanding and controlling matter at the nanoscale to develop technologies and industries that address climate change. Nano4EARTH focuses on facilitating opportunities for members of the nanotechnology community to convene, collaborate, and share resources. Nano4EARTH also strives to provide mechanisms that support technology development and commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled climate solutions.

The topic of this roundtable was identified at the Nano4EARTH kick-off workshop (summary readout and video archive) as a particularly promising area that could have an impact in a short time frame (four years or less). This roundtable is the second of four.


Online and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office: Suite 8001, 470 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions are available here.


Click here to download the discussion summary.


September 26, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Time (ET)


9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Check-in and light refreshments

9:30 a.m.

Welcome, overview, and framing of the discussion

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Identifying technical knowledge gaps, needs, and opportunities

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


1 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Matching needs with opportunities

3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Tad Glauthier
Vice President of eMobility
Sooyeon Hwang
Staff Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
John Lee
Co-Founder & CEO,
Safire Technology Group
Ping Liu
Professor and
Director of SPEC,
UC San Diego
Katherine Jungjohann
 Group Research Manager III-Materials Science, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Virginia Klausmeier
Virginia Klausmeier
President & CEO, Sylvatex
Rodrigo Salvatierra
Chief Science Officer, Zeta Energy
Jonathan Tan
Co-Founder & CEO, Coreshell
Michael Tinskey
Professor of the Practice, Georgia Tech
Chunsheng Wang
Robert Franklin and Frances Riggs Wright Distinguished Chair, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland
Gleb Yushin
Co-Founder & CTO, Sila Nanotechnologies


Development and maturation of batteries and energy-storage technologies is key to achieve current electrification and decarbonization goals. Electric vehicles are transforming the transportation sector, and decentralized energy storage is projected to increase renewable energy capacity in the electric grid. As the usage of these technologies become more ubiquitous, increased lifetime, safety, recyclability, and usage of earth-abundant materials needs to be prioritized. The goal of this roundtable is to identify the most pressing near-term knowledge gaps, needs, and opportunities that deserve our attention, as we look to accelerate the impact of these technologies. For example, according to the International Energy Agency, the demand for lithium may increase 40-fold by 2040, due to the projected growth of electric vehicles and other energy-storage demands, which poses a risk for energy security and the overall cost of electrification. To illustrate, in the last decade, 9 GW of energy storage was added to the U.S. grid, and 99% of the new energy storage capacity has been provided by lithium-ion batteries. New chemistries and architectures can help diversify the electrification market.

Vision: Nanotechnology as a catalyst for innovation in key areas and industries that could help accelerate progress toward climate change mitigation and sustainable development goals in the short term.


  • Identify key knowledge gaps, needs, and new use-case opportunities.
  • Identify approaches, tools, questions, and needs to address knowledge gaps.
  • Identify the most impactful ideas in the short term, based on strategic opportunities, scalability, and commercial potential.

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