Kofinas, Peter

Peter Kofinas

Professor

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

A. James Clark School of Engineering

Phone: 
301-405-7335

Statement of energy interests and expertise: 

The main thrust of Professor Kofinas' energy interests aims in the synthesis and characterization of novel polymer based systems for flexible small-scale energy storage systems, such as batteries and capacitors. Emphasis is given on synthesizing well-characterized polymer systems to help elucidate structure-property relationships. Current problems of interest include the development of a solid flexible electrolyte that will produce safe and highly effective energy storage systems. The innovative improvements in the electrolyte component can be incorporated into large-scale lithium-ion battery and cell technologies, to reduce the risk of a catastrophic cell failure, and make the cell robust against thermal runaway or thermal abuse in such a manner as to prevent failure propagation.