Virtual Seminar: Technologies for NASA's Robotic Exploration Missions

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Date/Time:Monday, 01 Mar 2021 from 3:20 pm to 4:10 pm
Contact:Steve Martin
Channel:College of Engineering
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"Advanced Energy Storage Technologies for NASA's Robotic Exploration Missions," William West, Group Supervisor of the Electrochemical Technologies Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the California Institute of Technology.

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To help ensure NASA maintains its leadership in advanced space power and sensor systems, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Electrochemical Technologies Group conducts research and technology development on a broad portfolio of topics in these fields, with discovery and advancement of next-generation materials, components, and designs for primary and secondary batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, fuel cells, and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) systems. In this presentation, Dr. West will give an overview of the group's activities, highlighting several recent flight support and research projects related to advanced energy storage systems for spacecraft.

Dr. Will West is the Group Supervisor of the Electrochemical Technologies Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At JPL, he has worked as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or Task Manager for R&D programs related to electrochemistry and energy storage/conversion. In addition to his R&D activities, he is the Cognizant Engineer for the rover and descent stage batteries on the JPL's Mars 2020 mission. He received his B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science Engineering. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. West was appointed Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech and JPL. He has worked as a consultant for numerous R&D firms, expert witness for the U. S. Department of Justice, lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, and as Associate Professor at Nagoya University (Japan). He holds 34 U.S. and international patents, is author/co-author on approximately 70 journal articles and 100 conference presentations, and co-edited/co-authored the Handbook of Solid-State Batteries.