Fall 2017: Batteries from a Chemical Perspective (CHE 341)

I always thought batteries were a done deal. They worked, there were lots of them, and they’ve been around since the 1800s! But the more I studied, the more I realized that we still have many reasons to continue to develop and perfect the next generation of batteries. This class puts an emphasis on places where chemistry can make a big impact. We made and pulled apart all sorts of batteries, and here are the pictures to prove it!

The final Daniell gravity cell ready for action.
Yes, most of my research students also ended up taking this course. Imagine that!
Everyone getting their chance to make a battery.
Another angle of the Daniell cell.
Time to cut that D-cell wide open!
Easier said than done….
Ever seen inside of an alkaline battery? Now you have!
Separated the zinc core from the carbon/manganese oxide cylinder.
Anyone need some zinc mixed with potassium hydroxide? Nah, didn’t think so.