In October 2023, the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI) and Purdue University established the Center for Advances in Resilient Energy Storage (CARES), a research hub that explores the design and operation of batteries and energy storage systems in general, as well as their impact on safety and sustainability.
CARES builds on existing research by both Purdue University and ESRI, with a focus on developing a holistic understanding of safety science in energy storage. This project will include research into promising next-generation battery chemistries such as sodium-ion, solid-state, and liquid-based metal batteries.
Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, vice president and executive director of ESRI, will serve as the lead principal investigator (PI) for CARES on behalf of UL Research Institutes. Dr. Partha Mukherjee, professor of mechanical engineering, will serve as the CARES director and lead PI on behalf of Purdue University.