Past Chair Night 2022

When:  Jan 18, 2022 from 19:00 to 21:00 (ET)
Associated with  Cleveland Chapter Community

January 2022 Online Technical Meeting
Tuesday 1/18/2022
7:00 PM

Special Topic: The Role of Graphite in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Guest Speaker: Ryan Paul, PhD


ASM International Cleveland Chapter invites you to attend our Tuesday, January 18th meeting.  Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. 

Please register and the link will be emailed to you in the registration confirmation email.


Both natural and synthetic forms of graphite have been used in energy storage technologies for over 125 years. With the commercialization of lithium-ion batteries in the early 1990s, graphite and several other materials became increasingly crucial components for transportable electrification. While the initial growth was in lithium-ion batteries for portable electronics, today sales of electric vehicles continue to rapidly grow and the demand for battery materials is greater than ever. This talk will describe the fundamental role that graphite has in the workings of a lithium-ion battery and explain why graphite will not be soon replaced at large scale. The implications of natural and synthetic graphite availability and recyclability will be discussed.


Speaker: Ryan Paul, PhD


Ryan M Paul, PhD, PE, is a carbon materials scientist in the Carbon and Composites group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science engineering.  Prior to joining ORNL, Ryan spent over nine years in industry, as Associate Director of R&D and materials scientist at GrafTech International Holdings Inc.  Ryan is internationally recognized in the field of carbon materials science. He is a prolific technical writer and speaker, with 11 publications, 6 invited talks, 26 public presentations, and 30 proprietary internal technical memoranda. He is co-inventor on two patent applications. In recognition of his achievements in carbon materials science, the American Carbon Society selected him as the prestigious Graffin Lecturer for 2021.  He is passionate about mentoring and inspiring others in science and engineering for both industry and academic roles and promoting scientific literacy.


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