Dr. Dijo Damien

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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

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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. Shen Wang

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Shen received his B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University and M.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph. D. in NanoEngineering from LESC, UC San Diego in 2018. His previous researches in the Chinese Academy of Sciences focused on liquid and quasi-solid state electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells and quantum dot-sensitized solar cells. His current research is based on the charge transfer and recombination mechanisms in perovskite solar cells.

Dr. Jean-Marie Doux

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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. Marco Olguin

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Marco obtained both a B.S. and a M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso. He then joined the Computational Science Program at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2010 for his doctoral studies on an excited-state perturbative DFT method implemented in the massively parallelized NRLMOL code under the supervision of Prof. Tunna Baruah and Prof. Rajendra Zope. He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the US Army Research Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Oleg Borodin, where he performed computational molecular modeling studies of anode, bulk electrolyte, and cathode materials for application in high voltage 5-V Li-ion batteries. Marco is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of NanoEngineering at the UC San Diego working in the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion under Prof. Ying Shirley Meng. His research interests include the study of oxygen redox-active cathode materials, electrolyte/cathode interfacial chemistry, and High Performance Computing.

Dr. Minghao Zhang

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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

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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

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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.





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