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 than160peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and6patents. 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.
s1bai at eng.ucsd.edu
Shuang graduated with a master degree majored in Medicinal Chemistry from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University-Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS joint training program in 2016. Now she works as a Faculty Assistant to Prof. Ying Shirley Meng as well as a Staff Research Associate of the group. Shuang helps manage Shirley’s schedule, organize group activities and host seminars and conferences. If you need to contact Shirley or have any questions or concerns regarding the group, email Shuang and she will reply to you in a timely manner.
Dr. Chengcheng Fang
email: chf008 at eng.ucsd.edu
Chengcheng received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from LESC, UC San Diego in 2019. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University, and M.Phil. from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has extensive experience in lithium-ion/lithium-metal battery research and processing, including advanced cathode/anode materials synthesis, electrode fabrication, pouch cell assembly and design, full-scale characterizations, and cell failure diagnosis. Her postdoctoral research focuses on fundamental science and electrochemistry of lithium metal anode.
Dr. Yoon-Gyo Cho
email: ygcho227 at eng.ucsd.edu
Yoon-Gyo received his Ph. D. in chemical engineering from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea. He has worked in the field of lithium rechargeable batteries, especially eutectic electrolytes for operating at low temperature and organogel electrolytes for high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego under Prof. Y. Shirley Meng and Prof. Zheng Chen. His current research interests are pouch cell investigation and the development of novel electrolyte systems for high voltage cathode materials and low-temperature operation.
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 fellow 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. Dijo Damien
email: ddamien at eng.ucsd.edu
Dijo received his master degree in chemistry from the National Institute of Technology Trichy (NIT Trichy, India) and finished his doctoral research on nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion applications from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM, India). His research interests include 2D-layered and organic electrode materials for Li/Na batteries, supercapacitors and hydrogen evolution reactions. Currently he is an assistant professor at of chemistry, Christ College Irinjalakuda, India, teaching spectroscopic characterization of materials. He is a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow in the Department of NanoEngineering at the UC San Diego exploring Co free high voltage cathode materials, solid state batteries, Molybdenum chalcogenide-based electrodes for Li-O2 batteries etc. under the supervision of Prof. Ying Shirley Meng.
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.
Dr. Abhik Banerjee
email: a7banerjee at eng.ucsd.edu
Dr. Abhik Banerjee received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemistry from University of Calcutta. He did his Ph.D. in 2015 from National Chemical Laboratory, India. He was then postdoctoral scholar at Ulsan National University of Science and Technology, South Korea. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Nano-engineering at UCSD, working in the “Laboratory of Energy Storage and Conversion” under Prof. Ying Shirley Meng. His research interest includes the design principle and interfacial charge transfer limitation of solid-state electrolytes for Li and Na-ion batteries.
Dr. Xuefeng Wang
email: xuw079 at eng.ucsd.edu
Xuefeng obtained his M.S. in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2015, both from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOP, CAS). His interests are focused on the high-energy storage beyond Li-ion batteries, such as Li-S batteries, Na-ion batteries, Li-air batteries and Li-metal. His research in the IOP, CAS involved in exploring new electrode materials, designing nano-architecture, clarifying atomic structure, investigating intercalation mechanism and improving electrochemical performance of the Li-S and Na-ion batteries. He is also interested in the two-dimensional materials for the rechargeable batteries, such as graphene, layered oxides, transition metal dichalcogenides, Mxenes and so on. Currently, he is focusing on the understanding of catalytic mechanism for Li-air batteries as well as the growth mechanism and protection of Li metal.
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.
email: danielmdavies at gmail.com
Dan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. His current work is focused on the use of Liquefied Gas Electrolytes for Lithium 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.
ofjeldbe at eng.ucsd.edu
Oeystein received B.S. in Chemistry in 2017 from Wingate University in North Carolina (minors in math, physics, and communication). He is interested in using nanoengineering for materials design of emerging solar cell technologies such as hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites.
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: 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: 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: 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: thomasawynn at gmail.com
Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, using advanced microscopy techniques to characterize metallic and nuclear fuel interfaces. He then earned an M.S. from UC Davis, studying magnetic anisotropy in complex oxide thin films by soft x-ray spectroscopy. He is currently applying his background in advanced characterization and film growth to understand changes in interfacial structure and composition that limit solid-state battery performance.
email: yay081 at eng.ucsd.edu
email: w1yao at eng.ucsd.edu
Weiliang received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology(IIT). His previous researches focused on synthesis and characterization of nano-sized LiCoO2 as well as LiAlO2-Al2O3 surface modification on nano-sized LiCoO2. He is now a M.S Thesis student in Materials Science and Engineering and his current project is to develop cobalt free cathode materials with bulk and surface stability at high working temperature.
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. He is now pursuing a master degree and his current project is to develop a new advanced electrolyte for next generation Lithium Metal battery.
email yiz873 at eng.ucsd.edu
Yihui received her B.S. in Materials Chemistry from Beijing Jiaotong University. Her previous work focused on SnO2 nanorods-graphene composite anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Currently, she is working on Li metal batteries in the LESC group.
Briege Keenan is a third year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She is currently working with Min-cheol on Perovskite Solar Cells
Miguel Ceja is a third year Environmental Engineering student interested in clean energy research. His current roll in the LESC group is to assist Chengcheng’s project on lithium metal rechargeable batteries and advanced electrode materials.
Ricky is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate and is working with Haelie on Layered Oxide materials.
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.
Sabrina is a third year Chemical Engineering student, and is working with Hayley on sodium ion batteries.
Katya Sablina is a third year student majoring in Nanoengineering with focus in Electrical Engineering. His current research includes liquified gas electrolytes and additives for lithium batteries assisting Dan.
Osman Trieu, fourth year NanoEngineering student focusing in Materials Science, currently researches lithium-ion batteries in Prof. Meng’s Lab. He is currently working with Pritesh Parikh, Macwin Savio D’Souza on silicon anodes for the next generation of high energy density batteries.
Hedi (Jerry) Yang
Jerry is a first-year Nanoengineering undergraduate student and is working with Darren in the solid-state batteries subgroup.
Dr. Wurigumula Bao
Aug 2019 – Now
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 silicon-based anode materials for lithium-ion battery. She is currently a visiting scholar 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 SEI for silicon-based anode materials.
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 graduate student at the Nanyang Technological University.
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.