Senior Research Personnel
Philip E. Batson, Rutgers University
His interest covers mechanisms of inelastic electron scattering using Angstrom-sized beams to understand nanoscale electronic and optical behavior of metals, semiconductors and insulators. Recently he has been extending this work into the milli-eV range to include spatially resolved vibrational spectroscopy.
Jordi Cabana, University of Illinois at Chicago
His research interests and expertise include synthesis of inorganic materials; electrochemistry of materials; energy storage; thermodynamics and kinetics of redox phase transformations; chemical imaging; reactions at interfaces; X-ray characterization methods.
Yet-Ming Chiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
His research interest and expertise includes transport, phase behavior, and mechanical response in electrochemical systems; materials and device design for electrochemical storage as well as materials processing and device prototyping.
Natasha Chernova, Binghamton University
Her research interests and expertise include structural characterization, magnetic
properties, electronic and ionic transport, and thermodynamics of materials for electrochemical
Peter Chupas, Argonne National Laboratory
His research interests and expertise includes battery materials; nanoparticles; pair distribution function analysis; high-energy X-ray scattering; in-situ studies under non-ambient conditions; X-ray and neutron powder diffraction; single-crystal diffuse scattering.
Frederic Cosandey, Rutgers University
His research interest and expertise include nanoscale structural and chemical characterization of electrode materials by high resolution electron microscopy and diffraction. Chemical and valence state mapping by combined scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).
Shirley Meng, University of California, San Diego
Her research interest and expertise focuses on the field of energy storage and conversion materials: nano structured electrodes for advanced rechargeable batteries, and combining first principles computation with high-skilled experiments for rational materials design and optimization for energy applications.
Shyue Ping Ong, University of California, San Diego
His research interests and expertise includes the application of first principles calculations and informatics in materials design. Technological areas of application include energy storage (alkali-ions electrodes and electrolytes), solid-state lighting and other energy applications.
Louis Piper, Binghamton University
His research interests and expertise include vanadium and tin oxides for Li-ion battery,
smart window and flexible display technologies; soft and tender x-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy; and, photon-in, photon-out absorption and emission spectroscopy.
Nathalie Pereira, Rutgers University
Her research interest and expertise focuses on materials for energy storage spanning
from the development of new electrochemical systems to the optimization of existing
technologies utilizing various in-situ and ex-situcharacterization techniques to identify
reaction and failure mechanisms.
Katsuyo Thornton, University of Michigan
Her research interest and expertise includes investigating the effects of phase transformation and microstructures on electrochemistry in battery materials by applying computational and theoretical approaches. These investigations facilitate the understanding of the underlying physics of materials, guide experiments, and ultimately aid us in designing high performance battery materials.
Anton Van der Ven, University of California, Santa Barbara
His research interest and expertise combines first principles electronic structure methods with statistical mechanical techniques to predict thermodynamic and kinetic properties of Li-insertion compounds. A particular focus is on the prediction of non-dilute diffusion coefficients in intercalation compounds as well as compounds that undergo conversion and displacement reactions. A second focus is on linking electronic structure to phase transformation mechanisms in insertion compounds.
Guangwen Zhou, Binghamton University
His research interests and expertise include surface and interfacial reactions; nanostructured materials for energy storage and conversion; materials nanocharacterization including transmission electron microscopy, scanned-probe microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; In situ electron microscopy and spectroscopy