Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering
Professor, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
Our research is focused on the design and development of sustainable, low-cost, durable materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage to address the global energy and environmental challenges.
A History of Excellence
- Manthiram group is blessed with a large team of highly motivated, self-driven students and postdocs, who go on to pursue impressive careers in academia, national labs, and industry or become entrepreneurs; the group is engaged with innovations in a broad range of battery technologies (see research and publications pages).
- Manthiram’s work in the 1980s opened up the broad field of polyanion oxide cathodes for batteries, which is one of the three families of cathodes used in commercial lithium-ion batteries; they are also pursued as cathodes for sodium-ion and multivalent-ion batteries (see Nature Communications 2020, 11, 1550).
- Manthiram group has developed cobalt-free layered oxide cathodes for lithium-ion batteries, relieving expensive cobalt and supply chain issues (see Advanced Materials 2020, 2002718).
- Manthiram group is advancing the viability of lithium-sulfur and sodium-sulfur batteries by employing practically necessary cell-assembly parameters with innovations in materials (see Joule 2020, 4, 1121).
- Manthiram delivered the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize Lecture on behalf of Professor John B. Goodenough. View the Youtube video here: https://youtu.be/Xlm-C-qr63Y.