Joshua Lamb

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Joshua Lamb

Materials Scientist, Battery Safety Lead

Contact Information

Joshua Lamb / (505) 206-4404

Biography

Principal Investigator (PI) for battery safety testing activities, requiring a broad-base of knowledge including electrochemistry, materials science, mechanical testing and material properties, understanding of thermodynamic equilibrium, reaction chemistry, and the behavior of electrochemical power sources. Research and development staff leading SNL’s battery safety efforts with an emphasis on understanding both small and large-scale systems through destructive testing of batteries. Performed battery safety and abuse testing as part of the Power Sources Technology Group’s Battery Abuse Test Laboratory programs. This includes serving as the technical subject matter expert (SME) for battery safety and abuse testing of various battery technologies. Oversight of grid-scale energy storage safety activities. This program funds multiple projects within a multi-disciplinary team over three centers and multiple organizations. Our goal has been to provide insight by combining experimental expertise, a better understanding of the thermal properties of batteries, modeling of the system level failure of large-scale engineered systems to ultimately better understand the hazards presented by stationary energy storage systems. PI for multiple programs funded by the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeking to improve diagnostic and test methods for electric vehicles. We have developed novel new test methods through this work to further evaluate battery failure, as well as explored new diagnostic techniques. This has provided the battery community with new tools for understanding the mechanisms of battery failure. PI for Sandia’s efforts as part of the DOE Office of Vehicle Technologies Testing Program, where the Battery Abuse Test Laboratory is considered a core capability. This work evaluates new battery technologies developed by industrial partners and reports these results to DOE and partners within the vehicle community, including Ford, GM and FCA. We have also performed R&D work to better understand the mechanics of both single cell and larger system level failures.

Education

Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nevada (Reno, NV), 2008

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada (Reno, NV), 2002

Sandia Technical Library

Joshua Lamb

Key Publications

R.C. Shurtz, Y. Preger, L. Torres-Castro, J. Lamb, J.C. Hewson, S. Ferreira “Perspective—From Calorimetry Measurements to Furthering Mechanistic Understanding and Control of Thermal Abuse in Lithium-Ion Cells” J. Electrochem. Soc. 166 A2498, 2019, DOI: 10.1149/2.0341912jes.

Q. Li, C. Yang, S. Santhanagopalan, K. Smith, J. Lamb, L.A. Steele, L. Torres-Castro “Numerical investigation of thermal runaway mitigation through a passive thermal management system” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 429, 2019, pp 80-88, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.04.091.

N. Dietz Rago, J. Bareño, J. Li, Z. Du, D.L. Wood, L.A. Steele, J. Lamb, et al. “Effect of overcharge on Li(Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2)O2/Graphite lithium ion cells with poly(vinylidene fluoride) binder. I – Microstructural changes in the anode” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 385, 2018, pp 148-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.01.009.

I. Bloom, J. Bareno, N.D. Rago, F. Dogan, D.G. Graczyk, Y.F. Tsai, J. Lamb, et al. “Effect of overcharge on Li(Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2)O-2 cathodes: NMP-soluble binder. II – Chemical changes in the anode” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 385, 2018, pp 156-164, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.12.015.

J. Bareno, N.D. Rago, F. Dogan, D.G. Graczyk, Y. Tsai, S.R. Naik, J. Lamb, et al. “Effect of overcharge on Li(Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2)O-2/graphite lithium ion cells with poly(vinylidene fluoride) binder. III – Chemical changes in the cathode” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 385, 2018, pp 165-171, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.12.061.

L.J. Small, A. Eccleston, J. Lamb, A.C. Read, M. Robins, T. Meaders, D. Ingersoll, P. G. Clem, S. Bhavaraju, E.D. Spoerke “Next generation molten NaI batteries for grid scale energy storage” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 360, 2017, pp 569-574, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.06.038.