The US Lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach $90B by 2025 and is expected to grow more than any other sector of the battery market. However, lithium-ion batteries have inherent safety risks and innovation is needed. Battery developers and auto manufacturers are building the road map to grow and introduce fast charging battery technologies.

Syracuse University’s NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC) for Solid-State Electric Power Storage (CEPS) is working to develop eco-friendly, safe and economically feasible solid-state energy storage technology for portable, medical, automotive, electric grid, military and energy security applications.

CEPS is working with intellectual property company, C4V, based in Binghamton, NY, to create next-generation storage materials that can be integrated into current manufacturing processes.

This R&T forum was moderated by Quinn Qiao.


Quinn Qiao, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Director, IUCRC CEPS

Quinn Qiao’s research focuses on photovoltaics, lithium metal/ion batteries, sensors, micro/nano manufacturing/fabrication, Food-Energy-Water (FEW) sustainability and precision agriculture technologies. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers in leading journals including Science, Nature Communications, Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of theAmerican Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, etc. He has received more than $11M on research grants as PI or Co-PI from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, 3M, Agilent, Raven Industries, etc. Read Quinn Qiao’s full bio here.

Natalya Chernova, Technology Commercialization Manager, C4V

Natasha A. Chernova received her BS (1996) and MS (1998) in Materials Science, and her PhD (2001) in Physics from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She received a one-year fellowship from Corning Inc. in 2001 to work with Professor Eric Cotts at Binghamton University on microcalorimetry and thermodynamics of metals and alloys. She joined Professor M. Stanley Whittingham’s group in 2002 where she studies transition metal oxides and phosphates as electrode materials for lithium ion batteries. Dr. Chernova led NECCES EFRC Thrust on multielectron cathode materials in 2014 – 2020. In 2021 she joined Charge CCCV LLC (C4V) as Technology Commercialization Manager to lead development and qualification of Li-ion cell technologies to be deployed to C4V’s gigafactories around the world.

Niloofar Karami, Battery Engineer, C4V

Niloofar Karami received her BS (2009) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Dr. Shariaty University, Tehran, Iran, and MS (2019) in Industrial Engineering from Binghamton University(SUNY). She had 5 years of industrial experience before joining C4V. In February 2020, she joined Charge CCCV LLC (C4V) as Technical Project Manager to support C4V team coordinate upstream and downstream activities for product development and technology partnership activities. Since August 2021, she is working as Li-ion Battery Engineer to qualify materials, design and build prototypes, and develop and perform electrochemical testing.