Distingished Lecture: "An Odyssey through the Uncharted Waters of Post Lithium-Ion Batteries" by Dr. John Muldoon '02


Location: 127 Nieuwland Science Hall Map

Dr. John Muldoon '02, Senior Principal Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA)

ND Energy and the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Notre Dame Student Chapter are delighted to co-host a distinguished lecture featuring Dr. John Muldoon '02, Senior Principal Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA).

All members of the Notre Dame community are invited to attend and stay after the presentation to meet the speaker, network with colleagues and friends, and enjoy light refreshments.


Advanced energy storage technologies such as lithium-ion batteries have enabled the development of ubiquitous portable electronic devices and are critical to the development and widespread adoption of practical electric vehicles. While lithium-ion batteries represent the most advanced energy storage technology currently available commercially, the desire for significant improvement in energy density and cost has led to a strong interest in so-called “beyond lithium-ion” batteries such as sodium, lithium-air, lithium-sulfur, multivalent batteries, and solid-state batteries. In this talk, I guide you on an odyssey toward post li-ion batteries. We travel through the peaks and valleys of multivalent, lithium-sulfur, and all-solid-state batteries encompassing sulfide glass and polymer electrolytes.


Dr. John Muldoon received a BSc (Hons) in chemistry from Queens University of Belfast in 1997. In 2002, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Prof. Seth Brown. He worked as a research associate at Scripps Research under Prof. Barry Sharpless (2001 and 2022 Nobel laureate in Chemistry) and Prof. Valery Fokin, establishing early applications of click chemistry. Dr. Muldoon is currently a senior principal scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA). He has consistently contributed to the company’s sustainable mobility platforms, studying materials for fuel cells, batteries, and carbon dioxide capture and conversion solutions. His outstanding research leadership has been instrumental in establishing Toyota’s beyond-lithium-ion battery research programs, shaping global research trends on multivalent-ion, lithium-sulfur, and solid-state lithium metal batteries.

Dr. Muldoon is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and recipient of the ECS Battery Division Technology Award. As a member of the ECS Battery Division, Dr. Muldoon was instrumental in establishing symposia on beyond-Li-ion battery research. Advocating for the development of younger scientists, he cultivated the relationship between the ECS and Toyota, which resulted in establishing the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship in 2016.


Originally published at energy.nd.edu.