Solid High Energy Lithium Batteries.

About Us

Investigators and Staff: Xavier hosted representatives from all five collaborating partners for its National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded lithium battery project. Among the participating were: (L-R) Dr. Oleg Borodin (US Army Research Laboratory), Ms. Terry Lawrence (Program Coordinator), Concha Reid (NASA Glenn Research Center), Dr. Lamartine Meda (XULA and Program Director), Dr. Mehnaaz Ali (XULA), Dr. Jeffrey Fergus (Auburn University), Dr. Gleb Yushin (GATech), and Dr. Candace Lawrence (XULA)


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 research core of SHELiB is catalyzed by three research thrusts:

  1. ceramic electrolytes,
  2. ceramic-polymer composite solid electrolytes, and
  3. solid-state battery fabrication.

These collaborative research projects will lead to advances in the field of energy storage, which is of great importance to NASA. Solid electrolytes will enable the use of high voltage cathodes and Li alloy or Li metal anodes in a rechargeable battery system. Both of these components will provide dramatic increases in specific energy. The solid properties will also allow the electrolyte to act as a separator to confine Li dendrites and prevent their penetration across to the cathode side, a key concern with the safety and long term cyclability of rechargeable Li metal systems. Finally, an all-solid state battery will be leak proof and therefore enable the use of new lightweight packaging, which would further improve the specific energy of the system.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Lamartine Meda, NASA MIRO SHELiB Center Director (504) 520-5324

Mrs. DeMiracle Woodson, Program Coordinator (504) 520-7245

Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125 

The SHELiB Center is supported by NASA under award No(s) NNX15AP44A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.