Kalra’s research looks at the materials used to make energy storage devices, such as batteries and capacitors. She is director of the Energy Storage and Conversion Lab, where her team uses simulations and experiments to understand the correlation between material structure and the performance of energy storage and conversion devices including fuel cells, supercapacitors, batteries and solar cells.
Her team is developing new ways to produce light-weight materials for energy storage, including freestanding and nanofiber electrodes. Their work also monitors the electrochemical mechanisms involved during energy storage, as a way of creating better materials and designs for storage devices. Kalra has commented in stories related to battery malfunctions, Samsung’s battery recall and the future of battery performance.
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