Battery Power tops Army AL&T's list of best articles in 2012

February 19, 2013

U.S. Army Research Laboratory's five-volt (5V) battery electrolyte story was announced the first place winner for best article by Army AL&T Magazine at their first awards ceremony held at SAIC Inc., Jan. 17.

Dr. Cynthia Lundgren told a story about a small electrochemistry group within the lab working on cutting-edge energy and power solutions for Soldiers.

Lundgren, who is a chemist and the Chief of the Electrochemistry Branch of the Power and Energy Division in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, started with the introduction of lithium-ion batteries in the 1970s.

She took readers on a journey with words into the lab of Dr. Kang Xu and Dr. Arthur Cresce, who "designed an electrolyte additive that we half-jokingly call 'magic pixie dust.' " When they mix the additive with the battery's electrolyte, it forms a stable interface that allows the battery to operate at 5V. Although the electrolyte discovery is a couple of years old, the research about how the reaction comes about is underway, she said.

Lundgren focused on the people behind the research, the scientific discovery possible with basic science and making a difference for the Soldier.

"ARL's reputation throughout the defense research community is unparalleled. Our scientists and engineers are continuously recognized for scientific discovery and breakthroughs in their disciplines," said Tom Moyer, ARL's public affairs officer. "It is up to each of us within the lab to speak up and tell the story about the Army's basic science programs."

When a branch chief takes time to share their group's accomplishments in such a conversational way as the Battery Power article that was submitted to Army AL&T, it builds morale and expands our reach within the defense community, Moyer said. Nelson McCouch III, Army AL&T Magazine Editor-in-Chief, recognized the ALTie winners publicly for their outstanding articles and artwork at the first Army AL&T Magazine writers' videoconference.

"You have succeeded memorably in telling the many and varied stories of how the Army AL&T Workforce develops, acquires, fields, and sustains the world's best equipment and services to our Soldiers," McCouch said.

Army AL&T Magazine has won prestigious awards for storytelling over the last year from the Public Relations Society of America.

"Your articles, photos, and graphics define Army AL&T Magazine as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology's (ASA)ALT) flagship publication, with topical, useful, actionable information that helps the AL&T Workforce execute their broad and diverse missions, overcome challenges, and be highly innovative."

AL&T sent a message to the electrochemistry team that their research was being considered for an award, and Lundgren said, "What are the odds?"

"It was fantastic to share the importance of our work to the Soldier, but the real kudos should go to the scientists who break the ground to have this dynamic story to tell," she said.


Last Update / Reviewed: February 19, 2013