Shirley Meng, Ph.D.

Dr. Shirley Meng received her Ph.D. in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT. Shirley currently holds the Zable Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Technologies and is Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center ( Shirley received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013, Science Award in Electrochemistry by BASF and Volkswagen in 2014,  C.W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society (2016), IUMRS-Singapore Young Scientist Research Award (2017),International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) Inaugural Young Career Award (2018), American Chemical Society ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award (2018) and Finalist for the Blavatnik National Award (2018). Her research group – Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) – focuses on functional nano and micro-scale materials for energy storage and conversion. The more recent programs include the design, synthesis, processing, and operando characterization of energy storage materials in advanced rechargeable batteries; new intercalation materials for sodium ion batteries; and advanced flow batteries for grids large scale storage. Shirley is the author and co-author of more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and 6 patents. She serves on the executive committee for battery division at the Electrochemical Society and she is the technical Editor for Journal of Power Sources. Dr. Meng’s current CV may be downloaded here.

Contact Information

Room 242G, Structural & Materials Engineering (SME) Building
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0448
La Jolla, CA 92093-0448

Phone: 858-822-4247
Fax: 858-534-9553

Administrative Contact:

Ms. Shuang Bai
Room 242 pod, SME Building
Research Highlights
  • Combining first principles computation with experiments to pre-screen and design new high energy high power electrode materials – Meng’s Ph.D. work was the first of this kind and was awarded the prestigious MRS Graduate Student Award.
  • Pioneering in investigations into the ion transport, phase transformations and surface/interface stability in lithium and sodium intercalation compounds for electrochemical energy storage with aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy with electron energy loss spectroscopy (a-STEM/EELS)
  • Developed advanced neutron-based characterization techniques of electrode materials, including   in-situ measurements of oxygen evolutions in high voltage cathode materials.
  •  Developed nano battery fabrication with Focused Ion Beam (FIB)/SEM and in situ biasing and monitoring of solid/solid electrode electrolyte interfaces during electrochemical processes.
Research Interests

Rechargeable batteries (energy storage) for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources, functional ceramics materials for energy storage and conversion, operando characterization (electron scattering, x-ray and neutron scattering), first principles computation guided materials discovery and design.

Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics of Materials – Nano148 (undergrad)
Advanced Characterization for Nanosystems – Nan111 (undergrad) CENG230 (graduate)
Energy Storage and Conversion – Nano 164 (undergrad) Nano261 (graduate)

Education, Professional Experience & Spin-Offs

2013–Present, Associate Professor of NanoEngineering, UCSD
2009–2013, Assistant Professor of NanoEngineering, UCSD
2009–Present, Adjunct Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
2008–2009, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
2007–2009, Research Scientist, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
2005-2007, Postdoctoral Associate, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
2005, Ph.D., Singapore-MIT Alliance, National University of Singapore
2004: University of Bordeaux, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de (ICMCB), visiting scholar
2000, B.S. (1st Class Honor), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Materials Sci & Eng)

Editorial and Professional Society

Associate Editor –NPG Asia Materials (IF 9.0)                                                                                                              Editorial Board Member – Ionics (IF 1.7)       Journal of Power Sources (IF 5.2)                                                                      Member-at-large – Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society, USA, 2010-1012                                                  Symposium Organizers – Division Energy and Fuel (ENFL), American Chemical Society                                              Battery Division, the Electrochemical Society                                                                                                                  Basic Science Division, the American Ceramics Society                                                                                            Materials Research Society

PI Honors & Awards

2013, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award
2011, NSF CAREER Award
2008, Early Career Faculty Travel Award (The Electrochemical Society)
2003, Graduate Student Award (Materials Research Society)
2000–2005, Singapore-MIT Alliance Graduate Student Fellowship


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