On Nov 8th-9th, 18 members of the Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage (BEES) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Student Research Organization (SRO) got together for a retreat at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The goals of the retreat were:

  • To provide SRO members with an understanding of the different areas of expertise and analytical techniques available with the BEES EFRC.
  • To strengthen collaboration across different groups within BEES Thrust 1 and 2.
  • To plan for future work and joint publications in Year 2 of the BEES EFRC.


During the retreat, all students gave a 12-minute talk to highlight their work in the EFRC so far and plans for Year 2. These talks were followed by discussion on how different groups can work together to complement findings and lead to joint publications. Day 2 of the retreat consisted of three discussion sessions on each of the materials explored in the EFRC (DES, NOHMs and Microemulsions), led by one of the students in each group. Ongoing and future collaborations were listed, as well as expected outcomes and publications in the next year. Student presentations and minutes of the meeting have been made available on the box for everyone’s reference.


In addition to presentations and discussions, students enjoyed a lunchtime keynote talk by Gabriel Veith, a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), who shared insights on a career in the area of energy storage.