Raj wins graduate student fellowship from DOE to study lithium ion batteries

Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

Abhi Raj, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of 47 recipients of a fellowship from the Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program. The awards support doctoral-thesis research and allow students to work for up to 12 months in one of 17 DOE laboratories.

Raj will collaborate with Daniel Abraham, a senior materials scientist, at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. He will work to make lithium ion batteries safer and longer lasting by developing techniques to monitor internal changes over charge cycles. Energy storage is critical for the future of transportation as well as the efficiency and sustainability of power grids.

Recipients, representing 36 institutions, will pursue research in one of six possible priority areas identified by the Energy Department’s Office of Science. The office traces its history to the Manhattan Project, begun in 1942, and has operated under its current name since 1998.

Raj, in his fourth year at Princeton, is advised by Daniel Steingart, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment.