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NEWS | June 26, 2023

Leading a Transformational Shift in the Implementation of Batteries: Dr. Corey T. Love Receives Applied Science and Engineering Arthur S. Flemming Award

By Nicholas E. M. Pasquini, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Corporate Communications

Dr. Corey T. Love, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) materials research engineer, received the 2023 Arthur S. Flemming Award in Applied Science and Engineering for research in rechargeable battery safety and advancing the Department of Defense's (DOD’s) capability for safely employing lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries.

“I am honored to be recognized as a recipient of the Flemming Award considering the list of exceptional civil servants to have previously received this award and the distinguished recipients in this year's cohort,” said Love. “I am fortunate to have had great mentors help shape my early career, it feels great to be able to share this recognition with them.”
His research is providing critical answers to some of the most basic issues facing the lithium-ion battery community, including finding the root cause of battery failure and how new designs or processes can be implemented to mitigate these risks.
Love achieved a critical advancement in the development of an in situ optical microscopy technique enabling, for the first time, direct visualization of temperature-dependent lithium dendrite morphologies forming inside lithium-ion batteries during charging.
“Dr. Love is leading a transformational shift in the implementation of batteries within the DOD,” said NRL Chemistry Division Superintendent Dr. John Russell. “His visionary leadership, technical advances and cross-government subject matter expertise and cooperation are clearly impacting the state of rechargeable battery safety and supply, which are very much in the national interest.”
By building upon the DOD’s knowledge base, Love developed a simple test for determining the state of health of an individual battery or pack, where the extreme conditions demanded by the military elevate risk of fire and explosion.
“Being the first to identify critical gaps in the understanding of instability in batteries and perform targeted research efforts highlighting their significance has made a large impact on warfighter protection,” Love said. “The investigation my team has conducted in the field of battery safety science lays the foundation for numerous collaborative research efforts outside of NRL. The fleet and nation are better served through this collective effort.”
As a leading battery safety expert, Love is engaged in coordinating and disseminating battery safety advances across the defense, energy, transportation, and space-related government agencies, resulting in key strategic documents on Li-ion battery safety, science and technology strategy, and supply chain challenges.
“Love’s research has fundamentally changed the way the scientific field quantitatively characterizes batteries and is influencing how batteries will be used by the DOD moving forward,” said Dr. Richard Stroman, NRL Alternative Energy Section head and Love’s supervisor.
The NRL Alternative Energy Section, a part of the Chemistry Division, develops new and improved power and energy sources and systems for the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and DOD. Scientists and engineers in the section explore energy harvesting, storage to large-scale power production, and vehicle powertrains.

“I appreciate working with talented scientists and engineers sharing a common mission focus,” Love said. “As a federal scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory you are provided the opportunity to engage and participate with the broader academic research community while maintaining a steady focus on the advancement of science to support the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Mission-focused research is what continues to drive me.”
This award is sponsored by the Arthur S. Flemming Commission, named for a federal official who served in senior positions from the Eisenhower to Clinton administrations, in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration and George Washington University. Awards will be presented at the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Program in Washington, DC, in fall 2023.

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