Penn Engineers’ Packaging-free Design Quadruples Microbatteries’ Energy Density

Read about our new paper on making better microbatteries using ultra-thick (100+ um) and dense (94%) electrodes from Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. The 4X gains in energy will allow many previously impossible or impractical devices, including micro-robots.

Penn Engineers’ Packaging-free Design Quadruples Microbatteries’ Energy Density

Pikul wins the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

MEAM Assistant Professor, James Pikul, has won the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. This award recognizes outstanding new faculty who were nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on research, experience and academic leadership. Thank you Chunjie Zhang and Ben Mac Murray for the nomination.

Editor’s Choice in Advanced Intelligent Systems

Min Wang and Yue Gao’s work on Computer‐Free Autonomous Navigation and Power Generation Using Electro‐Chemotaxis was selected as the Editor’s Choice article. The Editors’ Choice articles are handpicked by the editorial team of Advanced Intelligent Systems to showcase the very best that the journal has to offer. Read more about the work here.


James Pikul is selected to be a Moore Inventors Fellow

James has been selected as a Moore Inventors Fellow. The highly competitive fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care. The Pikul Lab will combine robotics and electrochemistry to create new energy sources. Their inventions will create a synthetic metabolism to power off-grid electronics that conserve and monitor the health of our planet.

James Pikul Awarded 2020 Moore Inventor Fellowship to Develop ‘Synthetic Metabolism’