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Center Overview

The Center for Solid-State Electric Power Storage (CEPS) helps industries, government, and national laboratories meet the great challenge of safe, efficient, and eco-friendly energy storage. Its mission is to become a center of excellence in developing such energy storage technology for portable and medical applications, the automotive industry, centralized and decentralized electric grids, military applications, and energy security. CEPS achieves this by advancing critical solid-state energy systems research and battery supply chain challenges.

Driven by the growing demand for electricity in the transition to a green energy economy, CEPS technologies will provide substantial benefits to industrial partners and others by leveraging research dollars, networking, and training. CEPS will expand education, training, and workforce development opportunities for a diversity of students, including women, minorities, and Native Americans.


  • Syracuse University
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Northeastern University
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Center Personnel

Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee
Site Director at Northeastern University
+1 646 515 5305

Dr. Quinn Qiao
Site Director at Syracuse University
+1 605 688 6965

Dr. Alla White Smirnova
Center Director (South Dakota Mines)
+1 860 428 0446

Dr. Serge Pann
Managing Center Director
+1 617 373 8949

Research Focus

CEPS focuses on the next generation of energy storage: solid-state batteries that are safe, efficient, fast-charging, and cost-effective.

CEPS’ main research areas include solid-state and polymer electrolytes, protective coatings on lithium-metal anodes, innovative cathode materials, and mass/ionic transport mechanisms at interfaces within electrode nanocomposites by in-situ/operando integrated with atomic-level modeling. Furthermore, CEPS is working towards expansion of the solid-state battery supply chain capabilities in the U.S., specifically battery recycling and eco-friendly lithium extraction technologies from natural mineral deposits.

Goals related to large-scale battery manufacturing include development of 3D printing and supersonic cold-spray deposition technologies. Combining power systems modeling with artificial intelligence will accelerate the translation of novel battery materials and designs from the lab environment to the market.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • C4V
  • Corning
  • Dactronics
  • Honda
  • LiBAMA
  • Medtronic
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • PolyPlus Battery
  • Saint Gobain
  • VRC Metal Systems