University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
I am interested in understanding and manipulating the fundamental mechanisms that govern and, at times, impede the performance of next generation battery technologies. Next generation batteries, or beyond Li-ion batteries, include systems based on conversion mechanisms, multivalent cations, and organic active materials. The aim of these next generation technologies is to develop new chemistries with the potential of high performance while utilizing abundant resources. My Ph.D. work at UCSB focused on conversion reaction battery systems including the Li-S system and a room temperature, primary Ca-based system as well as redox active organic materials as cathodes for Li-based devices. At UIUC, my postdoctoral work has focused on understanding and manipulating the speciation of Mg2+ in Mg battery electrolytes. I am currently working to understand the electrodeposition mechanisms of divalent cations from organic electrolyte solutions as they relate to processes at the anode of metal batteries.