CNSI Noble Fund researchers further an approach for energy storage based on abundant, nontoxic zinc rather than lithium

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In a new video, Professor Richard Kaner explains his Nobel Fund team’s goal is to create technology for grid-level batteries that store energy from sustainable but intermittent sources such as the sun and wind.

Kaner’s collaborator on the project is Professor Yuzhang Li from UCLA Engineering.

Kaner is one of six Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty members selected to receive CNSI Noble Family Innovation Fund grants for their nanoscience research projects. The Noble Family Innovation Fund, established with a $10 million philanthropic commitment to the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, supports basic and translational research involving interactions on the nanoscale – measured in billionths of a meter. Funding is earmarked for projects with substantial promise for commercialization and societal impact. The goal is to create a model for academic research and entrepreneurship that enables strategic investment to seed discoveries that have the potential to be translated for the public good.

A UCLA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering, Professor Richard Kaner holds the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation. 

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,