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Y. Shirley Meng, Ph.D.

Dr. Y. 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 (http://spec.ucsd.edu) from 2015-2020. Dr. Meng is named as inaugural director of the Institute of Materials Discovery and Design (https://imdd.ucsd.edu/).  Dr. Meng received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013, C.W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society (2016), International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) Inaugural Young Career Award (2018), American Chemical Society ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award (2018), a Finalist for the Blavatnik National Award (2018), International Battery Associations Research Award (2019) and Royal Chemical Society Faraday’s Medal (2020). She is the author and co-author of more than 225 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapter and 5 issued patents. Dr. Meng serves on the executive committee for battery division at the Electrochemical Society and she is the Editor-in-Chief for MRS Energy & Sustainability. Dr. Meng is an elected fellow of the Electrochemical Society (FECS) and fellow of the Materials Research Society (FMRS). 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
Email: shirleymeng@ucsd.edu
Web: http://smeng.ucsd.edu     Link: SPEC center

Administrative Contact:

Mr. Michael Tesis
Email: mtesis@ucsd.edu
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

2019–Now, Inaugural Director, Institute for Materials Discovery and Design (IMDD) 
2017–Now, Professor, NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego 
2015–Now, Found Director, Sustainable Power & Energy Center (SPEC)
2013–2017, Associate Professor, NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego
2009–2013, Assistant Professor, NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego
2009–2013, Adjunct Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
2008–2009, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
2007–2008, Research Scientist, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT

Editorial and Professional Society
  • Fellow of the Materials Research Society 2021 to present
  • Founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center 2015 to present (http://spec.ucsd.edu
  • Fellow of the Electrochemical Society 2018 to present
  • Executive Board Member and Secretary (Elected) for Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society USA (2014 to present)    
  • Executive Board Member and Treasurer for International Battery Association (IBA), 2017 to present
  • Editor-in-Chief – MRS Energy&Sustainability 2019 to present
  • Technical Editor– Journal of Power Sources (IF 6.7) 2015-2019
  • Associate EditorNPG Asia Materials (IF 9.0) 2012-2015
  • Editorial Board Member – Ionics (IF 1.7) Sustainable Energy and Fuels (new journal 2016), Advanced
  • Energy Materials (IF 21.8) and Chemical Reviews (IF 47.9)
  • Guest Editor – First focused issue for Journal of the Electrochemical Society (JES) on “Intercalation Compounds” (co-editor, Stanley Whittingham)
  • Guest Editor – Focused issue for MRS Bulletin on “Frontier in In Situ TEM” (co-editors, Haimei Zheng and Yimei Zhu)
  • Regular reviewer for Journal of American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Solid State Ionics, Journal of Materials Research, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Advanced Energy Materials, ACS Nano and Energy and Environmental Science, Nature Communications, Nature Chemistry and Science.
  • Panel reviewer for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, USA and various overseas funding agencies including Hong Kong Council of Research, German Research Foundation, Israel Science Foundation and Canada Foundation for Innovation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Singapore A*STAR
PI Honors & Awards
  • 2021, Elected Fellow of Materials Research Society (FMRS)
  • 2020, Michael Faraday Medal of Royal Society of United Kingdom
  • 2019, Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering
  • 2019, IBA2019 Research Award of International Battery Materials Association (IBA)
  • 2018, Elected Fellow of Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • 2018, Blavatnik National Awards Finalist http://blavatnikawards.org/
  • 2018, American Chemical Society ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award 2018, International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) Inaugural Young Career Award
  • 2017, IUMRS-Singapore Young Scientist Research Award
  • 2016, Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award Finalist (Honorable mention)
  • 2016, Charles W. Tobias Award, Electrochemical Society
  • 2015, Frontier of Innovation Award
  • 2014, Science Award Electrochemistry by BASF and Volkswagen
  • 2013, Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Research Award 
  • 2011, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2011, Christopher Fell (Meng’s first Ph.D. student) won the Student Award of Battery Division, the Electrochemical Society.
  • 2008, Early Career Faculty Travel Award (The Electrochemical Society)
  • 2003, Graduate Student Award (Materials Research Society)
  • 2002, Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd (SSMC) Award
  • 2000, Singapore-MIT Alliance Postgraduate Study Scholarship (2000-2005)
  • 1998, Industrial Attachment Book Prize
  • 1996, Singapore Welding Society Book Prize
  • 1995, Ministry of Education Singapore Undergraduate Study Scholarship (1996-2000)
  • 1994, Wong’s Fund (USA) Award
Media Coverage

ABC News (The Future of Cars) – February 15th, 2021
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/hype-versus-reality-futire-of-carsv1/13113238
UCSD News (NASA Grant) – February 12th, 2021
https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/engineers-earn-nasa-grant-to-enable-flying-taxis
Science Daily (flexible, rechargeable silver oxide-zinc battery) – December 7th, 2020
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201207112246.htm
Reuters (Commentary on Tesla) – September 23rd, 2020
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-battery-factbox/tesla-could-struggle-to-implement-some-ofits-battery-advances-experts-say-idINKCN26E3J4
Advanced Science News Interview – September 8th, 2020
https://www.advancedsciencenews.com/shirley-meng-this-is-materials-science-it-is-the-bread-andbutter-of-our-work/
AZO Materials (The Role of Electron Microscopy in Battery Research) – September 3rd, 2020
https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=19559
The Driven (Tesla & glassy metal battery research) – July 7th, 2020
https://thedriven.io/2020/07/28/tesla-could-reap-benefits-of-truly-exciting-glassy-metal-batteryresearch/
MRS Energy & Sustainability – December 5th, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcgxr2fmb3M
ECS Interview (Shirley Meng: Becoming an Engineer) – February 28th, 2019
https://www.electrochem.org/ecs-blog/shirley-meng-becoming-an-engineer/
Green Connections Radio (Eco-Battery Technologies) – October 14th, 2017
http://greenconnectionsradio.com/eco-battery-technologies-shirley-meng-u-c-san-diegosustainable-power-energy-center/
Qualcomm (Inside Innovation: The Global Race for Better Batteries) – March 2nd, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSwyBs0axc&feature=youtu.be
Empowered Series Blog
https://www.empoweredtheseries.com/shirley-meng
Rebellion Research Interview
https://www.rebellionresearch.com/blog/the-future-of-batteries-electric-cars-and-sustainable-energya
About Zero Carbon Future
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/achieving-zero-carbon-future
About New Research Direction
https://www.inverse.com/article/51558-could-the-future-be-powered-by-salt-this-researcher-thinks-it-s-possible
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615142736.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706175335.htm
http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=2042
https://www.electrochem.org/the-future-of-batteries/?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ECS+Website
About SPEC Center
http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1998
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/oct/15/san-diego-researchers-push-build-better-batteries/
https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/index.php/pressrelease/uc_san_diego_part_of_new_doe_consortium_to_revolutionize_electric_car_batte
Guest appearance on NOVA documentary Aired February 1, 2017 on PBS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/super-battery.html
Inside Innovation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSwyBs0axc&feature=youtu.be
Sodium Ion Batteries – funded by NSF
https://www.inverse.com/article/51558-could-the-future-be-powered-by-salt-this-researcher-thinks-it-s-possible
Times magazine
https://time.com/4970269/batteries-next-target-china-clean-energy-conquest/
Physics today
https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.4359?af=R&feed=most-recent
Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-tesla-batteries-exclusive/exclusive-teslas-secret-batteriesaim-to-rework-the-math-for-electric-cars-and-the-grid-idUSKBN22Q1WC

Michael Tesis

Email: mtesis@ucsd.edu

Michael is an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego receiving a dual degree in Anthropology and Political Science. He also serves as the Executive Director of Triton Lobby Corps, UCSD’s official student interest group. As a prospective law student with an interest in IP law, he is excited to join the LESC group and explore the scientific field of NanoEngineering.

Dr. Minghao Zhang

Email: miz016@eng.ucsd.edu

Minghao received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC San Diego in 2017. He earned his B.S. in Physics from Nankai University (2009), and M.S. in Materials Physics and Chemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012). He worked as a postdoc research fellow since 2018 and became a project scientist at UC San Diego in 2020. Minghao received the Battery Division Postdoctoral Associate Research Award of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 2019. His research interests include energy storage system diagnosis through advanced multidimensional characterizations, functional materials design based on ab initio calculations, and synthesis/modification method development for next generation lithium-ion and post lithium-ion batteries with high energy density. Minghao is the author and co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and 5 patents. Dr. Zhang’s current CV may be downloaded here.

Dr. Long Hoang Bao Nguyen

Email: longuyen at eng.ucsd.edu

Long received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Science – Vietnam National University in 2014. He then joined the Erasmus Mundus M.E.S.C. (Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion) Master program, where he had his formation at Aix-Marseille University (France), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), University of Picardie Jules-Verne (France), and University of Cambridge (UK). He graduated from University of Bordeaux with a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2019. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), working on the development of Na-ion batteries using conventional liquid electrolytes or solid-state electrolytes.

Dr. Bing Han

Email: b3han at ucsd.edu 

Bing obtained his B.S. and Master in School of Physics & Telecommunication Engineering from South China Normal University in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He then graduated from the Peking University with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanics in 2021. His Ph.D. work was focused on analyzing alkali battery by Cryo-TEM/Cryo-STEM-EELS. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at LESC under Prof. Shirley Meng’s supervision. His current research is focused on analyzing the interface of Li-Metal-Based All-Solid-State Batteries through Cryo-TEM/Cryo-STEM-EELS.

Dr. Guomin Zhu

Email: g9zhu at ucsd.edu  

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/guominzhu/home?authuser=0

Guomin obtained his master’s degree at Zhejiang University working on developing in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) tools to understand material structure-property relationships. He then graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering in 2020. His Ph.D. work was focused on understanding the crystallization mechanism of mesocrystal. His current interest is to pursue fundamental insights on battery science through the lens of TEM and crystallization.

Dr. Jihyun Jang

Email : jijang at eng.ucsd.edu

Jihyun obtained his B.S and Ph.D. in the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea. His previous study focused on the transition metal oxide anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. He worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Samsung SDI to develop lithium-ion batteries applicable to high-energy density electric vehicles. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion, working on the development of all-solid-state batteries under Prof. Shirley Meng’s supervision.

Dr. Wurigumula Bao

Email : wubao at eng.ucsd.edu

Wurigumula received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013 and 2019 respectively. Her research interests focus on advanced anode materials. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) under Prof. Ying Shirley Meng at UC San Diego. Her current research includes improvements and advanced characterizations of the silicon-based anode materials.

Dr. Weikang Li

email: wel001 at eng.ucsd.edu

Weikang obtained his B.S in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2019 both from Beijing Institute of Technology. His previous research supervised by Prof. Feng Wu focused on the interface issues of cathode materials. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) at UC San Diego under Prof. Shirley Meng’s supervision. His current research is focused on the synthesis and advanced characterization of the interface for Cobalt-free cathode materials.

Shuang Bai

email: s1bai at eng.ucsd.edu

Shuang graduated with a master’s degree majoring in Medicinal Chemistry from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University-Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS joint program in 2016. She has been working at LESC as the research associate for two years before she becomes a PhD student. Her previous research interest includes using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to elucidate the materials structural change during electrochemical reactions. She is currently working on the modification and characterization of Si anode materials. 

Bhargav Bhamwala

email: bbhamwala@ucsd.edu

Bhargav received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Pandit Deendayal Energy University in 2015 and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 2018. His masters’ research was focused on solid polymer electrolyte-based lithium-ion batteries with Graphite/Silicon anode. Then, he started working at Nextech Batteries as a cell research engineer. His current research is focused on interface study with advanced characterization techniques in conversion chemistry-based energy storage devices.

Ashley Cronk

email: acronk at eng.ucsd.edu

Ashley received her B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Her previous research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on the development of a novel electrochemical flow cell with gas diffusion and membrane electrode architecture for CO2 reduction. Her research interests include electrochemical and nanocomposite materials for energy storage.

Diyi Cheng

email: d3cheng at eng.ucsd.edu

Diyi received his B.S. in Material Physics from Jilin University in China. His previous research focused on nickel–cobalt layered double hydroxide nanosheets for high-performance supercapacitor electrode materials. Currently he is working on lithium thin film battery and solid-state electrolyte.

Yu-Ting Chen

email: yuc054 at eng.ucsd.edu

Yu-Ting received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from National Taiwan University. He previously worked on oxide-based solid-state electrolytes and lithium metal anodes. He is now researching all-solid-state lithium and sodium ion battery.

Grayson Deysher

gdeysher at eng.ucsd.edu

Grayson received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. His previous research involved the synthesis of new two-dimensional MXenes as well as their layered carbide precursors to be used for applications including energy storage. He is currently working on using MXenes as electrode materials for metal ion batteries; particularly sodium.

So-Yeon Ham

Email : soham at eng.ucsd.edu

SoYeon received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. Her previous research focused on high growth per cycle in atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 and perovskite solar cells. She is currently working on Li metal and Si anodes of all-solid-state batteries.

Xueying Li Quinn

email: xul101 at eng.ucsd.edu

Xueying received her B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University. During her Ph.D. studies at University of California San Diego, she earned her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with research focused on synchrotron characterization on perovskite solar cell materials. Her current research focuses on the investigation of stability of zinc batteries.

Yixuan Li

email: yil889 at eng.ucsd.edu

Yixuan received her B.S. in New Energy Science and Engineering from Nanjing University in China. Her previous research focused on developing cathode materials for Li-ion batteries and Li-air batteries. Her current research involves synthesis and characterization of advanced electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.

Bingyu Lu

email: blu at eng.ucsd.edu
 
Bingyu received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego. His previous research focused on developing Li-Air Batteries and the application of Cryo-TEM on the characterization of Lithium Metal Batteries. He is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of protective layers for lithium metal.

Jenny Nicolas

email: jnicolas@ucsd.edu

Jenny received her B.S./M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. She completed her Master’s thesis on phase change materials for heat storage batteries. Before joining LESC, Jenny spent three years working in solar development. She is now focusing on all-solid-state battery systems.

Saurabh Parab

email: saparab at ucsd.edu

Saurabh received his Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science with a specialization in Ceramics and Composites from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2020. His previous research was focused on the synthesis and characterization of layered oxide cathode material for sodium-ion batteries. Currently, he is working on exploring the oxygen activity in the high energy cathode materials.

Na-ri Park

Na Ri received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Sogang University in Korea. Her previous research focused on developing Cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Her current research involves synthesis and characterization of New generation Cathode for Li-ion batteries.

Ganesh Raghavendran

email: graghave at eng.ucsd.edu

Ganesh graduated from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli with B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering.  He previously worked at GAIL India Ltd., as Senior Process Engineer for two years. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at UCSD. His current research includes microscopy image processing and Co-free batteries.

Phillip Ridley

email: pridley at eng.ucsd.edu

Phil received his B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering in 2018 and M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Drexel University in 2020. His previous research focused on conversion of two-dimensional MXenes into layered oxides for energy storage applications. He is currently interested in the development of solid-state battery systems for EVs. 

Baharak Sayahpour

email: bsayahpo at eng.ucsd.edu

Baharak received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research background is in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for Lithium-air batteries. She is interested in the development of novel electrocatalytic systems for future energy storage technologies.

Ryosuke Shimizu

email: ryshimiz at eng.ucsd.edu

Ryosuke received B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Tohoku University in Japan. His previous focus was a surface structure of ionic liquids by SFG spectroscopy. Then, he had worked at Honda R&D as an engineer for a few years. Currently, he is working on thin-film battery.

Bhagath Sreenarayanan

email: bs at eng.ucsd.edu

Bhagath received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. His previous research focused on synthesizing and characterizing Chitosan-Nanoclay/Nano Silica hybrid composites. His current project is to develop high-capacity anode materials including Silicon and Silicon Oxide and also to understand their failure mechanisms.

Weiliang Yao

email: w1yao at eng.ucsd.edu

Weiliang received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology(IIT) and M.S. in University of California San Diego (UCSD). His previous focus includes synthesis of WC-Co alloys and LiAlO2-Al2O3-coating on LiCoO2 cathode. His current research focuses on interface and mechanism studies of high voltage cathode materials.

Yijie Yin

email:  yyijie at eng.ucsd.edu

Yijie Yin graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in history. He was also selected to participate in the Excellent Engineer Training Program in SJTU. He was previously involved in synthesizing supramolecular hydrogels and study their applications on cell adhesion and growth in tissue engineering. His current project is to develop a new advanced electrolyte for next generation Lithium Metal battery.

Marta Vicencio

Marta is a fourth year NanoEngineering student with a Materials Science focus. She is working with Bhagath on the development of high-capacity silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries.

Bryant Dang

Bryant is a fourth year Nanoengineering Student at UCSD. He will be working with Xueying (Sherry) on the degradation mechanism of the Zn-AgO battery. He will be helping through battery fabrication and data analysis. 

George Duong

George is a second year Chemistry student and he is working with Sherry on making zinc-silver oxide batteries for high-power devices.

Sharon Lin (Wan-Hsuan)

Sharon is a second-year NanoEngineering undergraduate student. She is working with the solid-state team on developing Na solid-state batteries.

Meghan Shen

Meghan is a third year Nanoengineering student with a Materials Science focus. She is working with Yixuan in advanced electrode material synthesis and high energy battery development.

Ashley Shen

Ashley is a third year Nanoengineering student. She is working with Hayley on the synthesis and characterization of cathode materials for sodium ion batteries.

Randall Burger

Randall is a third year Nanoengineering student with focus in Materials Engineering. He is assisting Ryo in making thin film batteries and electrode materials.

 

Chris Redquest

Chris is a fourth year chemical engineering student.  He is working with Jonathan to make stretchable Zinc batteries.  

 
 
 
 

Alex Liu

Alex is a second year Materials Physics undergraduate student. He is working with Matt on liquefied gas electrolytes.

Briege Keenan

Briege Keenan is a third year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She is currently working with Min-cheol on Perovskite Solar Cells

 Hyukin Moon

Hyukin is a first-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student and is working with Jonathan on solid-state batteries for sustainable grid storage and stretchable zinc batteries for wearable electronics.

 

Hedi (Jerry) Yang

Jerry is a first-year Nanoengineering undergraduate student and is working with Darren in the solid-state batteries subgroup.

 

Faculty Assistant

UnjongUnjong Lee

Faculty Assistant (2014-2018)

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Jean-Marie Doux

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2021)

Jean-Marie is now working as a research engineer at SAFT.

Dr. Min-cheol Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2021)

Min-cheol is now an assistant professor at Pusan National University. 

 

Dr. Enyue Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020)

Enyue is now an associate professor at Neutron Science Platform, Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory (Dongguan, China). 

 

Dr. Yoon-Gyo Cho

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020) 

Yoon-Gyo is now working at LG Energy Solutions.

 

Dr. Abhik Banerjee

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020)

Abhik is now the director of battery division at Research Institute of Sustainable Energy (RISE) in India.

Dr. Dijo Damien

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020)

Dijo is now a postdoctoral fellow under Fulbright fellowship in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

Dr. Xuefeng Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2019)

Xuefeng is now an associate professor at Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

 

Dr. Marco Olguin

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)

Marco is now a computational scientist at University of Southern California.

 

Dr. Ju-hsiang (Shawn) Cheng

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2018)

Shawn is currently a research scientist at E-One Moli Energy Corp.

Dr. Thomas Brenner

Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)

Tom is a post-doc at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

 

Cyrus RustomjiDr. Cyrus Rustomji

Graduate Student in LESC, co-supervised by Prof. Sungho Jin (2013-2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)

Cyrus is the co-founder & chief executive officer at South 8 Technologies, INC.

Mahsa SinaDr. Mahsa Sina

Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2017)

Mahsa is now a TEM scientist at Intel Corporation.

 

SunnyDr. Sunny Hy

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)

Sunny is now the manager of cell materials engineering at Tesla, Inc.

 

Dr. Young-Sang Yu

Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014)

Young-Sang is a research scientist at LBNL at Advanced Light Source, Berkeley.

DSC_8512_webDr. Tom Yersak

Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014)

Tom is currently a senior researcher at General Motors.

 

DSC_8681_webDr. Dhamadaran Santhanegopalan

Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014)

Dhams is now an associate professor and DST Ramanujan Fellow at Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine.

 

KDr. Kyler Carroll

Postdoc/Assistant Project Scientist (2010 – 2013)

Kyler is currently working at Rivian.

 

DDr. Daniel Gostovic

Postdoctoral Fellow (2009 – 2010)

Daniel is currently an account manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

 

PhD Students

Dr. Jonathan Scharf

Graduate Student in LESC (2018-2021)

Jonathan is currently a senior electrode engineer at Tesla.

Dr. Hayley Hirsh

Graduate Student in LESC (2016-2021)

Hayley is currently working at Exponent.

Dr. Darren H. S. Tan

Graduate Student in LESC (2017-2021)

Darren is currently the chief development officer at UNIGRID Battery.

Dr. Hyeseung (Haelie) Chung

Graduate Student in LESC (2015-2020)

Haelie is currently working at QuantumScape.

 

Dr. Erik Wu

Graduate Student in LESC (2014-2020)

Erik is currently the chief technology officer at UNIGRID Battery.

Dr. Dan Davies

Graduate Student in LESC (2015-2020)

Dan is currently working at Tesla, Inc.

 
 

Dr. Yangyuchen Yang

Graduate Student in LESC (2015-2020)

Yang is currently a senior R&D engineer at Huawei Watt Lab.
 
 
 

Dr. Chengcheng Fang

Graduate Student in LESC (2015-2019)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020)

Chengcheng is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Dr. Thomas Wynn

Graduate Student in LESC (2015-2020)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2020)

Tom is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory).

Dr. Pritesh Parikh

Graduate Student in LESC (2014-2019)

Pritesh is currently a scientist at Nanolab Technologies.

 

Dr. Han Nguyen

Undergraduate Student in LESC (2012-2014)

Graduate Student in LESC (2014-2019)

Han is currently working at Enovix Corporation. 

Dr. Shen Wang

Graduate Student in LESC (2013-2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2019)

Shen is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSD.

Dr. Andrew Ulvestad

Graduate Student in LESC, co-supervised by Prof. Oleg Shpryko (2012-2015)

Andrew is currently a senior cell research engineer at Tesla, Inc.

MikeDr. Michael Verde

Graduate Student in LESC (2010-2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)

Mike is a research scientist at Trojan Battery Company.

图片1Dr. Danna Qian

Graduate Student in LESC (2010-2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)

Danna is now a senior engineer at Tesla, Inc.

 Dr. Jungwoo LeeJungwoo Lee

Graduate Student in LESC (2014-2018)

Jungwoo is the co-founder & chief technology officer at South 8 Technologies, Inc.

seo_webDr. Joon Kyo Seo

Graduate Student in LESC (2013-2017)

Joon is currently a scientist at X‐ray characterization of materials at LG Chem R&D.

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Dr. Judith Alvarado

Graduat Student in LESC (2013-2017)

Judith is currently a scientist at Sila Nanotechnologies Inc.

 

ma_webDr. Chuze Ma

Graduate Student in LESC (2012-2017)

Chuze is currently a lead scientist at Wildcat Discovery Technologies.

yoon_webDr. Hyojung Chloe Yoon

Graduate Student in LESC (2011-2016)

Chloe is currently a team leader for new battery chemistry in LG Chem.

ZingDr. Ziying Wang

Graduate Student in LESC (2011-2016)

Ziying is currently a senior research engineer at Tesla, Inc.

shin_webDr. JaeWook Shin

Graduate Student in LESC (2011-2016)

Jae is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

liu_webDr. Haodong Liu

Graduate Student in LESC (2011-2016)

Haodong is currently a Project Scientist at UCSD.

 

cho_webDr. Hyung-Man Cho

Graduate Student (2011-2015)

Hyung-Man (Josh) is currently a battery scientist at LG Chem Ltd.

xu_webDr. Jing Xu

Graduate Student (2011-2014)

Jing is currently working at QuantumScape.

 

DanielDr. Daniel (Dae Hoe) Lee

Graduate Student (2009-2013)

Daniel is currently a cell design engineer at Northvolt.

 

BDr. Bo Xu 

Graduate Student (2007-2012)

Bo is currently a data scientist at Unity Technologies.

 

CDr. Chris Fell 

Graduate Student (2008-2012)

Chris is currently a staff engineer in battery cell development at Tesla, Inc.

 

TimDr. Ming-Che (Tim) Yang 

Graduate Student (2008-2012).

Ming-Che is now an independent photographer.

 

Master Students

Carlos Mejia

Undergraduate Student (2017-2020) and Graduate Student (2020-2021) in LESC

Carlos is currently working at Tesla.

Matthew Mayer

Graduate student (2019-2021)

Matt is currently a consultant at J&J.

Yihui Zhang

Graduate student (2017-2019)

Yihui is currently pursuing her PhD at University of Pennsylvania.

Oeystein Fjeldberg

Oeystein graduated November of 2019 and is currently working as an Electrochemistry Testing Engineer at Opus 12.

 

Macwin Savio D’Souza

Macwin graduated August of 2019 and is currently working at QuantumScape.

 
 

Wilton Woo

Wilton graduated June of 2018 and is currently a technical engineer at MTI Corporation.

 

Christopher KompellaChristopher Kompella

Chris graduated March of 2017 and is currently a battery research engineer at American Lithium Energy.

 

图片2Riley Yaylian

Riley graduated September of 2015 and is currently a staff hardware engineer at Dexcom.

 

mcrae_webAlex MacRae

Alex graduated June of 2015 and is currently the director at Visa.

 

miller_webChandler Miller

Chandler graduated March of  2015 and is currently a program manager in Electricity Markets and Policy at Berkeley Lab.

 

AoronAoran Xu

Aoran graduated March of 2014 and is currently working at Illumina, Inc.

 

 

octavioOctavio Salazar

Salazar is currently a design engineer in New Technology Group at Intel Corporation.

 

Chang LiuChang Liu

Chang graduated December of 2013 and is currently a writing systems engineer at HP, Inc.

 

thomasThomas McGilvray

Thomas graduated June of  2012 and is currently a design engineering manager at Oasis Materials Company LP.

 

Undergraduate Students

Di Feng

Di is currently pursing a Master degree in Enterprise Risk Management at Columbia University.

 

Susie Park

Susie is currently pursing a Master degree in Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego. 

 

Sabrina Richardson

Sabrina is currently pursing a Master degree in Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego. 

 

Katya Sablina

Katya is currently pursing a Master degree at Cornell University.

 
 

Miguel Ceja

Miguel graduated with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus in Li metal battery fabrication and characterization in Prof. Meng’s lab.

Ricky Huang

Ricky graduated with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus in cathode material synthesis in Prof. Meng’s lab.

Osman Trieu

Osman is currently a materials engineer at General Atomics.

 

Amanda Cabreros

Amanda is currently working as a process engineering Intern at Genentech.

 

Gautam Suresh

Gautam is currently pursuing a Master degree at University of Pennsylvania

 

Yongbai (Josh) Gong

Josh is currently a DFM engineer at Keysight Technologies.

 

Jessie LinJessie Lin

Jessie is currently a product engineer at Texas Instruments.

 

MosesMoses Kodur

Moses is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UC San Diego.

 

ZoraZihan Huang

Zihan is currently a Ph.D. condidate at University of Notre Dame.

 

RohanRohan Rajeev

Rohan is currently a design release engineer at General Motors.

 

Taylor UekertTaylor M Uekert

Taylor is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Cambridge University.

 

Brian P Shahbazianunnamed

Brian obtained a Master degree at University of Michigan.

 

SShawn Chen 

Shawn is currently a NRC postdoc at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 

ShwanMichael Mullins-Jensen

Michael obtained Ph.D. degree from MIT.

 

Toru HatsukadeToru Hatsukade

Toru is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Conversion and Storage Group in Argonne National Laboratory.

 

RazielRaziel Acosta

Raziel is currently a manufacturing technician IV at Gilead Sciences.

 

michaelMichael Chen

Michael is currently pursing a PhD at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

 

lau_webDerek Lau

Derek is currently a research fellow at National Energy Technology Laboratory.

 

Somerville_webJames Somerville

James is currently a battery materials engineer at Apple, Inc.

 

tang_webMichael Tang

Michael is currently a Ph.D. Student at Stanford University.

 

Kazuhiro Yoshino

Kazu is a visitor scholar from Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd (Japan). He is currently working on the development of all-solid-state batteries at UCSD.

Dr. Suk Jun Kim

Jan 2020 – Jan 2021

Jun is a professor at Korea University of Technology and Education.

Jessica Tortoledo

June 2019 – August 2019

Jessica is an undergraduate student in Nanotechnology at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is working with Baharak on synthesis and characterization of catalytic cathode nanomaterials for Lithium-Oxygen batteries.

Evelyn Hernández Vargas

June 2019 – August 2019

Evelyn is an undergraduate student in Renewable Energy Engineering at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla. She is working with Baharak on synthesis and characterization of catalytic cathode nanomaterials for Lithium-Oxygen batteries.

Sahana Kumar

July 2019 – August 2019

Sahana is a first-year Biomedical Engineering student at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently helping with Jonathan’s research on zinc-silver batteries.

George Duong

July 2019 – August 2019

George is currently a high school student at San Gabriel High School in Los Angeles. He is working with Jonathan on a pressure study and the effects it has on stretchable zinc batteries. 

Xiaowei Wang

Nov 2018-Mar 2019

Xiaowei is currently a Ph. D. student in NUS Graduate School for Integrative Science and Engineering from National University of Singapore. 

 Jesus Ricardo Carmona Moroyoqui

Jun 2018-Aug 2018
 
Ricardo is an Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student at Autonomous University of Baja California.
 
 
 
 

Axel Melchor Gaona-Carranza

Jun 2018-Aug 2018
 
Axel is a Nanotechnology undergraduate student at National Autonomous University of Mexico with focus in nanostructure physics.
 

Markus Wolff

Dec 2017-May 2018
 
Markus is currently pursuing his M.Sc. at TUM.
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Bao Qiu

Jun 2017-Oct 2017

Bao is currently working at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences.

yodaAkira Yoda

Oct 2015-Sept 2017

Akira Yoda is currently working at Denka Co., Ltd (Japan).

Marcella Günther

Jan 2017-Mar 2017
 
Marcella is currently a student at the University of Wuerzburg.

 

Akihiro OritaDr. Akihiro Orita

Nov 2014-Dec 2016

Akihiro Orita is currently working at Hitachi Chemical Company (Japan).

 

Hitoshi ShobukawaHitoshi Shobukawa

Sep 2014-Aug 2016

Hitoshi Shobukawa is currently working at Asahi-Kasei Corporation of Japan.

HuiHui Li

Oct 2015-Oct 2016

Hui is currently a graduate student at the Beijing Insititute of Technology.

ChangrongChangrong Zhu

Nov 2015-Jun 2016

Changrong  is currently a scientific editor in Cell Press.

 

GraphCécile CHENOT

Mar 2016-Jun 2016

Cecile is currently a graduate student at the University of Namur, Belgium

 

Katsunori TakaharaDr. Katsunori Takahara

Sept 2014-Dec 2015

Katsunori Takahara is curretly a project scientist at Sony Corporation. 

 

Xin HeDr. Xin He

June-Sep 2015

Xin He is currently a graduate student in Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) battery research center (Germany). 

unnamedKuniko Chihara

Mar-Apr 2015
Kuniko chihara is currently a graduate student in Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials in Kyushu University of Japan.
 

 

Jinwen YuJingwen Yu

Oct-Dec 2014

Jingwen is currently an undergraduate student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Fudan University, China.

圖片1Ying-Ching Lu

Jul-Sep 2014

Ying-Ching is currently a graduate student in Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials in Kyushu University of Japan.

 

NumériserAlexandre Delmas

Jun-Aug 2014

Alexandre is currently an undergraduate student in the Science and Technology College of Bordeaux University.

 

 

 Yuniba YagüesYuniba Yagues

Jun-Aug 2014

Yuniba is currently a high school student in Colegio La Paz (Tijuana, Baja California).

 

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Jun-Aug 2014

Lisset is currently a high school student in Colegio La Paz (Tijuana, Baja California).

 

JohnQianyu Zhang

Oct 2013-Feb 2014

Qianyu is a PhD student in Department of Environmental and Engineering of Fudan University, China.

 

urielUriel Pérez

Mar-Dec 2013

Uriel is an Engineering Student on the Centro de Graduados e Investigación en Química in Tijuana, Mexico .

 

HaoHao Liu

Feb-Jul 2013
Hao Liu is a PhD student in department of Physics in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

jieDr. Jie Zhao

Jan-Mar 2013
Dr. Jie Zhao is currently interning at NTT facilities.

 


dr. arroyo
 Dr. Elena M. Arroyo

Visiting Professor Summer 2011
Dr. Arroyo is Professor at Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Spain.