The Virginia Space Grant Consortium recently awarded the Geise Research Group a grant to support an undergraduate research project. Under the direction and mentorship of assistant professor of chemical engineering Geoffrey M. Geise, undergraduate students will work with graduate researchers in Geise’s lab to investigate a new approach to designing polymer electrolyte membranes to make lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries viable for space applications. The project will focus on engineering advanced membranes to be used as battery separators in extreme environments. Batteries made using advanced technologies are expected to be a critical part of addressing space-based energy storage needs associated with NASA’s Artemis Mission for moon and Mars exploration.

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