About CREB

Launched in late 2014, the Center for Research on Extreme Batteries (CREB) grew out of a partnership between Army Research Lab (ARL) senior chemist Kang Xu and UMD associate professor Chunsheng Wang (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering). After a series of successful projects and publications, the pair proposed a center to promote open access to facilities and collaborative research in advanced battery materials, technologies, and characterization techniques. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) joined UMD and the ARL’s efforts to make CREB a reality.


The Center for Research in Extreme Batteries (CREB) aims to foster and accelerate collaborative research in advanced battery materials and technologies and characterization techniques. CREB’s focus is on batteries for extreme performance, environments and applications (for example: defense, space, biomedical applications). Participation in CREB is open to national and defense labs, universities, and industry.

CREB is different than other Battery Research Centers:

  • Focus on extreme performance, environments and properties
  • Scope is fundamental research to manufacturing
  • Open participation
  • No fixed duration or fixed funding source

Battery Research Center Goals:

  • Development and discovery of advanced materials and technologies
  • Leverage materials synthesis, characterization, analysis and modeling capabilities across partners
  • Transforming the new materials discoveries into practical energy storage devices and systems

Collaborative Focus:

  • Batteries used in extreme applications
    • nano-device to grid storage, biomedial space and munitions, conformal or flexible packaging
  • Batteries with extreme properties
    • High energy and power density, extreme temps, enhanced shelf life and cycle life
  • Batteries performing in extreme environments
    • space, in vitro, oil wells (or “subterranean”)

Benefits of CREB membership:

  • Access to unique research solutions for defense, space, biomedical applications
  • Exposure to new ideas and new collaborators
  • More effectively bring multiple disciplines together to engage in collaborative projects with revolutionary results
  • Training and education: Access to people and facilities
  • Access to unique research facilities
  • Access to unique prototyping/manufacturing facilities
  • Ability to formulate joint proposals with partners to pursue external funding
  • Joint publications with nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field
  • Early access to pre-competitive research results
  • Technology transition pathways available