Electrochemical energy storage, molecular and ionic transport through polymers.
Our laboratory is interested in fundamental processes occurring in electrochemical energy storage devices, with a particular emphasis on batteries. Many potential battery chemistries possess high theoretical specific energies (e.g., lithium/oxygen and lithium/sulfur), and, as a result, are being explored in hope that their development may lead to an increase in practical battery energy density compared to currently available batteries. However, for these batteries to become a commercial reality, material challenges that cause rechargeability and rate capability limitations need to be addressed; our research efforts are motivated by the opportunity these material challenges present. By employing various state-of-the-art techniques, we use insights gained from fundamental chemical and electrochemical characterization to direct materials development that will lead to improvements in high specific energy battery operation.
2003, B.S., Colorado School of Mines, Chemical Engineering
2009, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
2009-2011 Postdoctorate, IBM Almaden Research Center, Science and Technology Division
2012-2013 Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, Science and Technology Division