SHELiB Center

SHELiB Center

SHELiB is Solid High Energy Lithium Batteries

Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech), Auburn University (AU), US Army Research laboratory (ARL), and NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) investigators are collaborating to study the interfacial properties of electrodes and solid electrolytes. The goal is to improve transport and stability across the interfaces that will lead to the development of Solid High Energy Lithium Batteries (SHELiB)
XULA is one the premier institutions in graduating African American students in biology, chemistry, and physics. This project will contribute to that trend of improving diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workforce by engaging students from underrepresented minority groups in cutting-edge research in energy storage technologies for Space, one of NASA’s most critical projects. Together with its academic and national laboratory partners, XULA will build a collaborative environment that will prepare students to tackle problems of critical importance to our nation’s future.


The SHELiB Center combines Materials, Analytical,  and Organic chemists to investigate solutions for  solid high energy Lithium-ion batteries.


Unity of chemistry interdisplinary studies to understand  Lithium-ion batteries and examine topics like: Transition Metal- Oxides as Anode Material and Polyethylene derivatives as solid electrolytes.

Students and faculty collaborate  to publish articles in distinctive  journals.


A program encompassing students and teachers to participate in activities  to learn more of the center and chemistry.


Ke’La Kimble, a 2019 Xavier University of Louisiana Chemistry (ACS) major graduate, has been accepted to University of California, San Diego. During Ke’La’s four years at Xavier University of Louisiana, she was an NASA MIRO scholar where she performed research in the SHELiB Center. As Ke’La enters into University of California, San Diego in Fall 2019, she will pursue a PhD in Chemistry. Because of Ke’La outstanding academic record, she has been selected for the Sloan Scholars Award. The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1955 to "provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars". This program is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. Fellowships were initially awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

Edelmy Marin Bernardez, a 2019 Xavier University of Louisiana Chemistry (ACS) major graduate, has accepted a Summer REU opportunity at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France.  Edelmy was a NASA MIRO Scholar and she performed research in the SHELiB Center.  In Fall 2019, Edelmy will work as a BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) Technician and she will continue to perform research in the SHELiB Center.  In the near future, Edelmy will pursue her PH.D in Chemistry.

NASA MIRO Student, Jere' Williams was featured in the Madamenoire magazine. Read Here

6/28/2018 - Congratulations to Jere' Williams (undergraduate) for the acceptance of her paper. Poly(propylene carbonate) Interpenetrating Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol) Based Polymer Electrolyte for Solid-State Lithium Batteries. Electrochem. Soc. Transactions, 2018. Click Here

6/25/2018 - Congratulations to Kobi Jones (undergraduate) for the acceptance of his paper. High Performance Tin-Coated Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber Array Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries. MRS Advances, 2018. Click Here

5/8/2018 - Congratulations to Joshua Adkins (undergraduate) for the acceptance of his paper Facile Synthesis of Uniform Carbon Coated Li2S/rGO cathode for High-Performance Lithium Sulfur Batteries. MRS Advances, 2018, 428. DOI: 10.1557/adv.2018.428. Click Here

5/8/2018 - Congratulations to Kayla Strong (undergraduate) for the acceptance of her paper. Nanostructured V2O5/Nitrogen-doped Graphene Hybrids for High Rate Lithium Storage. MRS Advances, 2018. Click Here

5/13/2018 - Congratulations to Joshua Adkins on his acceptance to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Good luck in graduate school.

Contact Us

SHELiB Center


[email protected]