Postdocs and Visitors


zhang_webDr. Minghao Zhang

email: miz016 at

Minghao recived PhD degree in 2017 from LESC UCSD. He graduated with a bachelor of Physics in Nankai University and a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During his Master’s study, he focused on functional materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Currently, he spends most of time thinking about advanced lithium-ion battery based on novel type of high performance electrode materials using computational method.

Dr. Ju-hsiang (Shawn) Cheng

email: juc091 at

Shawn received PhD degree in 2014 from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), focusing on the structural evolution of layered transition metal oxide by in situ XAS for sodium-ion battery. After that, he continued his researches as a postdoc in Dr. Hwang’s group in NTUST for lithium-sulfur and lithium metal batteries and then joined Dr. Kostecki group in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) for the surface characterization of lithium metal growth. His research interests include the emerging energy materials and development of in situ analytical techniques to understand the evolution of the materials.

Dr. Abhik Banerjee

email: a7banerjee at

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.

XuefengDr. Xuefeng Wang

email: xuw079 at

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.


Markus Wolff

Email: mawolff at
After receiving his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Technical University of Munich in 2016 he continued to his studies and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. at TUM. As part of the degree program he is a visiting scholar at LESC for 6 Months where his research is focussed on the effect of thickness on the performance of cathode materials for sodium ion batteries.




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