UCLA Extension

Fundamentals of Lithium-Ion Battery Technology: Applications and Advances


November 12-13, 2019

This course provides a foundation for understanding the general principles and fundamentals of lithium-ion (Li-Ion) rechargeable battery engineering. The effects of Li-Ion cell chemical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical design features on performance characteristics will be discussed in terms of meeting application unique requirements  for battery design.  Methods for battery cell requirements engineering, trade study analyses, architecture options, and test protocols will be discussed.   A comprehensive review of Li-Ion battery safety in terms of abuse conditions, failure mode effects and analyses, hazard control identification, and risk management for reliable battery operation will be provided. Finally, relevant industry examples from various Li-Ion battery consumer electronics,  electric vehicle, and aerospace applications are examined.  Special topics such as Li-ion battery recycling, re-use, transportation, and industry lessons learned will also be presented.

Expected key student outcomes of this course are as follows:

(a).  Identify Li-Ion cell design, development, and test requirements which enable a compliant battery design solution;

(b).  Describe the electrical, thermal, and mechanical behavior of Li-Ion batteries under various operating conditions;

(c). Use data and analysis to interpret Li-ion cell and battery lifecycle performance; and

(d).  Explain how to safely design, operate, store, transport, and handle Li-Ion cells and batteries.

Course is designed to benefit industry scientists, engineers, program managers, and other professionals who have a need to develop the necessary technical background to effectively design, develop, test, deploy, and operate Li-Ion battery energy storage systems.

Course Materials

The text, Linden’s Handbook of Batteries, 4th ed., Thomas B. Reddy, editor (McGraw Hill, 2011) and lecture notes are distributed on the first day of the course. Course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


Thomas P. Barrera, Ph.D, is currently President, Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB)-X Consulting which is a technical consulting firm specializing in the design, development, test, and safety engineering of LIB power systems.  With over 30 years of relevant industry experience, Tom has served as a Technical Fellow for The Boeing Co., battery R&D test engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, and fuel cell systems engineer at the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.  During his 19-year career at The Boeing Co., Tom led multidisciplinary teams in the end-to-end development of advanced electrical power and battery energy storage systems supporting numerous commercial, and government aerospace programs. Tom is a Member-at-Large for the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society, Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and member of the NASA Engr. & Safety Ctr electrical power system technical discipline team.  Under the direction of Dr. Ken Nobe, Tom received his PhD in Chemical Engr. at UCLA and then worked for Dr. Bruce Dunn as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the UCLA Materials Science and Engr. Dept. Tom also received a MS in Industrial Engr. from Northwestern University, BS in Chemical Engr. and BA in Mathematics-Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3858