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). 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 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapter and 6 patents. She 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’s current CV may be downloaded here.
Yuxin (Vivian) Wen
Yuxin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with B.A. in Comparative Literature in 2020. Before joining the LESC group, she has interned at Penn Press, served as the senior editor for a literary translation magazine and worked on numerous humanities research projects. Now, as a prospective law school student interested in IP law, she is excited to join the LESC group and explore the field of NanoEngineering.
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. Enyue Zhao
Email: ezhao at eng.ucsd.edu
Enyue received his Ph. D. in condensed matter physics from Institute of physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2019. His previous work mainly focused on the design and mechanism study of Li-rich cathode materials. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) under Prof. Ying Shirley Meng’s supervision. His current research is correlated with sulfide solid-state electrolytes as well as neutron-based characterization techniques.
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.
Dr. Min-cheol Kim
email: mck001 at eng.ucsd.edu
Min-cheol received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University in 2018. He has been researching on fabrication and characterization of Perovskite solar cells, enhancing the performance of devices by employing interfacial and intrinsic carrier dynamics engineering. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) under Prof. Ying Shirley Meng. His current research interests are scaling-up procedure and securing durability of Perovskite solar cells.
Dr. Jean-Marie Doux
email: jdoux at eng.ucsd.edu
Jean-Marie obtained a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry and a M.S. in New and Renewable Energy at the University of Nantes in France. He joined the Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel in 2014, being part of the Fuel Cell team of the Electrochemical Storage and Conversion of Energy group. His doctoral studies are based on synthesis and characterization of new electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells. His research interests are focused on solid state and single crystal syntheses, chemical and electrochemical characterizations and ionic and electronic transport properties. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), where he works on solid state electrolytes for alkali metal batteries.
Dr. Minghao Zhang
email: miz016 at 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 is currently a postdoc researcher from Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) at UC San Diego. His research interests include materials diagnosis through multidimensional advanced characterizations, electrode 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hyeseung (Haelie) Chung
email: hyc022 at eng.ucsd.edu
Haelie received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Her previous research focused on metal adhesion using electrospinning method. After her graduation, she worked for Samsung SDI. Her current research involves optimizing and understanding the polyol process to synthesis high-voltage cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.
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.
email: hhirsh at eng.ucsd.edu
Hayley received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. Her previous research included transition metal oxide catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. Her current research interests include the synthesis and characterization of cathode materials for sodium ion batteries.
Email : soham at eng.ucsd.edu
So-Yeon 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 transparent MoS2 counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells. She is currently working on large area perovskite solar cells.
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.
email: mjmayer at eng.ucsd.edu
Matt received his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. His previous research focused on fabricating and characterizing a thin, double-sided air-breathing micro fuel cell. Currently he is interested in lithium metal batteries.
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.
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.
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.
email: jdscharf at eng.ucsd.edu
Jonathan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Alongside his PhD studies, he earned an M.S. in Nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego with research focused on potential induced degradation in silicon solar modules. His previous work focused on memristor nanodevice fabrication and characterization for neuromorphic computing. Jonathan’s current projects focus on solid state batteries for sustainable grid storage and stretchable zinc batteries for wearable electronics.
Darren Tan Huan Shen
email: dht020 at eng.ucsd.edu
Darren graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering. He previously worked on developing transition metal based cathodes for lithium sulfur battery applications. His current research involves development of various solid state chemistries to improve performance in lithium and sodium sulfur cells.
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.
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. He is presently a Master student in Chemical Engineering. His current project is to develop high-capacity anode materials including Silicon and Silicon Oxide and also to understand their failure mechanisms.
email: eaw003 at eng.ucsd.edu
Erik graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley. He is interested in energy technologies and has worked in industry doing process development and optimization of solar cells before coming to UC San Diego. His current research involves the synthesis, processing, characterization, and evaluation of sodium and lithium-based solid-state electrolyte materials.
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.
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.
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 is a fourth year chemical engineering student. He is working with Jonathan to make stretchable Zinc batteries.
Alex is a second year Materials Physics undergraduate student. He is working with Matt on liquefied gas electrolytes.
Briege Keenan is a third year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She is currently working with Min-cheol on Perovskite Solar Cells
Carlos is a transfer student from Grossmont College, majoring in Nanoengineering with a focus in Materials Science. He is currently working with Haelie on synthesis of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.
Hedi (Jerry) Yang
Jerry is a first-year Nanoengineering undergraduate student and is working with Darren in the solid-state batteries subgroup.
Dr. Suk Jun Kim
Jan 2020 – Now
Jun is a professor at Korea University of Technology and Education.
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.
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.
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.
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
Axel Melchor Gaona-Carranza
Dr. Bao Qiu
Jun 2017-Oct 2017
Bao is currently working at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Oct 2015-Sept 2017
Akira Yoda is currently working at Denka Co., Ltd (Japan).
Dr. Akihiro Orita
Nov 2014-Dec 2016
Akihiro Orita is currently working at Hitachi Chemical Company (Japan).
Sep 2014-Aug 2016
Hitoshi Shobukawa is currently working at Asahi-Kasei Corporation of Japan.
Oct 2015-Oct 2016
Hui is currently a graduate student at the Beijing Insititute of Technology.
Nov 2015-Jun 2016
Changrong is currently a scientific editor in Cell Press.
Mar 2016-Jun 2016
Cecile is currently a graduate student at the University of Namur, Belgium
Sept 2014-Dec 2015
Katsunori Takahara is curretly a project scientist at Sony Corporation.
Dr. Xin He
Xin He is currently a graduate student in Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) battery research center (Germany).
Jingwen is currently an undergraduate student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Fudan University, China.
Ying-Ching is currently a graduate student in Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials in Kyushu University of Japan.
Alexandre is currently an undergraduate student in the Science and Technology College of Bordeaux University.
Yuniba is currently a high school student in Colegio La Paz (Tijuana, Baja California).
Lisset is currently a high school student in Colegio La Paz (Tijuana, Baja California).
Oct 2013-Feb 2014
Qianyu is a PhD student in Department of Environmental and Engineering of Fudan University, China.
Uriel is an Engineering Student on the Centro de Graduados e Investigación en Química in Tijuana, Mexico .
Hao Liu is a PhD student in department of Physics in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Jie Zhao
Dr. Jie Zhao is currently interning at NTT facilities.
Dr. Elena M. Arroyo
Visiting Professor Summer 2011
Dr. Arroyo is Professor at Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Spain.