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IBA 2019 (Mar 3-8, 2019)

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Women in STEM

The 13th US-CHINA Electric Vehicle and Battery Technology Information Exchange – April 8-10, 2018

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“Ceramics for Energy” Workshop – June 3rd (Fri) and 4th (Sat half-day), 2016 




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 2014 Professional Development Workshop in Ceramics




September 4th




8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Informal discussions and networking

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

PI Meng



Ceramics program director Dr. Madsen


NSF Sustainability Overview

Dr.Gregory Rorrer

10:00 am

Morning break

10:15 am

Session 1
Panel I

Dr. Dillon: Individual heterojunction nanowires and their performance as photocatalysts

12:15 pm


On site lunch for discussions and networking

1:30 pm


Dr. Shashank Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships

2:00 pm

Session II Panel II

Xueyan Song: Engineering the energy interconversion properties of oxide thermoelectric materials

4:00 pm

Afternoon Break

4:15 pm

Other Faculty

Discussion on the future direction of ceramics research

6:15 pm

End of formal sessions

6:30 pm


Onsite dinner for informal discussions and networking


September 5th




8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Informal discussions and networking

9:00 am

DMR Overview

Dr. Mary E Galvin-Donoghue

10:00 am

Session III Panel III

Liping Huang: Examining the role of elasticity in strengthening glasses by in situ light scattering



On site lunch for discussions and networking

1:30 pm

Session IV

Materials Genome Initiative

2:30 pm


Three NSF CAREER awardees in Ceramics Program:

Dr. Shen Dillon is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Shen received his Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University in 2002 and 2007. Following his graduation in 2007, Dr. Dillon went to work as a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and Visiting Professor at Lehigh University. At Carnegie Mellon, the focus of his work was three-dimensional characterization of microstructures in order to obtain data critical to understanding microstructural evolution. Shen spent the 2008 academic year as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on materials for energy storage, before joining UIUC as a faculty member. As part of his CAREER program, Shen will quantitatively establish relationships between properties of individual heterojunction nanowires and their performance as photocatalysts. His approach includes in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to quantify the rate of photocatalytic gas evolution at individual nanostructures, ex-situ characterization to extend the structural and chemical information, and electrical measurements to obtain photoconductivity and relaxation data. This work will help to optimize high-efficiency, low-cost heterojunction photocatalysts that might lead toward new approaches to enhancing photocatalytic efficiency and new experimental methods for studying photochemistry at the nanometer scale.

Dr. Xueyan Song is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of West Virginia University, Morgantown. Dr. Song received her Ph.D. from Zhejiang University China. She did her postdoctoral research in Departemento de Engenharia de Materiais, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal and became a research associate in University of Wisconsin Madison in 2003. Xueyan’s CAREER project aims to optimize, through nanoscale engineering approaches, the energy interconversion properties of the p-type oxide thermoelectric materials. Her approach includes doping of the lattice to enhance the electrical transport properties as well as the simultaneous insertion of nanoscale-sized inclusions to reduce the thermal conductivity. This research ultimately will serve to improve thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery.

Dr. Liping Huang is an assistant professor in the Department Materials Science and Engineering in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Huang received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004, did her postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University before joining the faculty at RPI in 2008. She won the Norbert J. Kreidl Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society, in 2003. Dr. Huang has published many articles and given numerous lectures at conferences and symposia. Dr. Huang’s CAREER program has proposed new concepts that use a combination of experimental and computational approaches to examine the role of elasticity in strengthening glasses. Ultimately her work may prove useful in the design of tailored glasses, and benefits may derive from her development of a structural probe for understanding materials under extreme conditions.

In partnership with the Institute of the Americas, LESC holds an annual meeting to help empower a group of students from the USA and countries across Latin America. Here are some pictures highlighting electrochemistry lessons and demonstrations from the last three meetings.

Summer Visit 2018

Summer Visit 2017

Summer Visit 2016


Summer Visit 2015


Summer Visit 2014


Summer Visit 2013

Summer Visit 2012

Iof America 2012

Summer Visit 2011





Summer Visit 2010




The ENLACE bi-national summer research program at UC San Diego aims to encourage the participation of high school students, college students, and researchers/teachers, in research in the sciences and engineering, while promoting cross-border friendships in the Baja California/San Diego region.


(From left to right in the left-most photo are Shirley, Jessica (ENLACE student), Evelyn (ENLACE student) and Baharak)


(From left to right, Shirley, Shen, Ricardo(ENLACE student), Axel (ENLACE student), Oeystein, and Will)

Super Science High School (SSH) is a designation awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to upper secondary schools that prioritize science, technology, and mathematics.  Lab visit is provided by LESC to groups of Japanese high school students who are interested in novel battery research works and facilities.

Summer 2019

Lab visit hosted by Ryo for students from Tachikawa high school in Tokyo

Future Leaders Summer Program is hosted by 21st Century China Center to educate high school students with the goal of guiding them to produce an action plan for resolving hard-hitting global challenges. The lab tour given by LESC offer them insight into the issues and opportunities surrounding batteries.

Summer 2019

Lab tour given by Hayley

2nd Annual Triton Summer STEM Academy

“Understanding Nature & Protecting the Planet”


2012 Structural and Material Engineering Open House


2011 UC San Diego Green Open House — A living Laboratory

Battery Technologies to Advance Clean Energy Systems

Poster display, regenerating brake demo, coin cell assembly ( including cathode making process display in screen )

Danna, Jae and Bo in front of our poster
Jae explaining our live lab
Jae explaining our live lab
With our little visitor Jason
With our little visitor Jason

Envision 2021

A virtual lab visit hosted by Baharak and Yixuan for high school female students interested in STEM. Photo credits to Bingyu.

Envision 2020

Lab visit hosted by Hayley for high school female students interested in STEM

Dr. Shirley Meng’s talk at Suds & Science event (2021)

Dr. Shirley Meng Gave a Speech on Inside Innovation, UCSD

Dr. Shirley Meng Gave an Invited Talk in Stanford University

Understanding and Protecting the Planet Workshop

Dr. Shirley Meng gave the UCSD faculty committee a lecture on energy storage.

2011 UC San Diego COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science)

Dr. Shirley Meng gave a COSMOS Discovery Lecture on energy and battery and nanostructures.


Materials Science & Engineering department seminar at Zhejiang University in China.

Dr. Shirley Meng gave the Materials Science & Engineering department seminar at Zhejiang University in China.